Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools reduce the differences in attainment between pupils from low income or disadvantaged families and their peers.

Children in full time primary education who are eligible for free school meals (not the universally free school meals for infant school children), or those that have been registered for free school meals at any time in the last 6 years,  have the sum of £1,320 allocated to the school.  Children with a parent in the armed forces or who are in care or adopted from care, also receive an amount of Pupil Premium funding.

School is free to choose how best to spend the funding, but it must be focused on “reducing the differences” in attainment between these pupils and their peers (nationally). OFSTED will consider how well pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding have achieved since joining the school and therefore school are accountable for the spending of this money.

We are required to publish information about the planned spending of this year’s funding as well as our previous year’s allocation.


2015 - 2016

In 2015-2016 a total of £14,360 Pupil Premium funding was received by school.; This included allocations for those children adopted from care and those who have a parent in the armed forces and was in addition to the amount allocated to those children in school who are Looked After.

We provided extra Teaching Assistant support throughout school which equated to almost a full time Teaching Assistant in each class. This allowed small group work in Literacy and Numeracy to take place, and allowed Class Teachers to plan for short term interventions for groups of children identified through lessons and assessment. Specific input and training was provided through staff meetings on deployment of Teaching Assistants to ensure that this has maximum impact.  This also meant that the ratio of pupils to adults in school continued to be as low as possible (allowing each child more individual time).  We also employed a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to work alongside our SENCo to deliver 1:1 and small group interventions for our pupils who are in need of extra support.  We also continued to buy in the Lexia Reading Program to support reading and spelling skills across both Key Stages, and part of our SEN HLTA’s role was to implement and monitor the use of this program across KS2 and Year 2.  A further Teaching Assistant was also employed on a part time basis, specifically to deliver 1:1 teaching to identified pupils.

In school we are very mindful of the fact that not all of our pupils who receive Pupil Premium need SEN support. We therefore looked at further ways to use the Pupil Premium.Our SEN HLTA had some responsibility for working alongside our Y5 teacher to look at extending our more able pupils in Maths. We invested in some training for designated staff which looked at a style of teaching called “Mastery”, which has been proven to be particularly effective in extending learning and encouraging a deeper knowledge and understanding of concepts. This was rolled out to other staff during staff meetings and INSETs.  We provided opportunities for some of our pupils to have access to extra-curricular opportunities, such as musical instrument tuition.   


2016 - 2017

In 2016 2017 a total of £11,880 of Pupil Premium funding will be received by school. This includes funding for those children adopted from care and those who have a parent in the armed forces and is in addition to the funding received for those children in school who are Looked After.

Our plan for this year is to provide Teaching Assistant support throughout the school for specific interventions, allowing smaller groups to focus on concepts in literacy and numeracy. Support in the form of a nurture group will be put into Reception in order to target some developmental delays and specifically weakness in speech and language skills. Later in the year targeted phonics interventions are planned with some of our Year 1 pupils. We will also continue to employ a part time teaching assistant to deliver specific intervention programs to some of our Pupil Premium children.

The Accelerated Reader program will be embedded from Y2-Y6 throughout the year to promote a lifelong love of reading and increase comprehension skills through carefully levelled reading of texts. We will also continue to use the Lexia program with children from KS2 identified through assessment as needing an extra boost in areas of reading or spelling. Y2 will also use this program as a teaching tool.

Specific focus will be given this year to ensuring the correct learning environment is created around school. We will look at the behaviour of pupils during this focus and explore ways of promoting positive behaviour around school.

The role of subject leaders in literacy and numeracy will be refocused, allowing more input on high quality teaching. Staff training priorities will be achieving 'mastery' and greater depth in subjects, increasing impact through marking, assessment and feedback and leadership skills. This training will be disseminated to all staff through INSET and staff meetings and assessed through learning talks, pupil surveys and observations.


A request to Parents of our Infant children

Pupil Premium is a significant amount of money and it enables us to make a real difference to our pupils. In order that we continue to receive our full allocation we encourage all parents of children eligible for free school meals to apply for them.  Even though our Key Stage one and Reception children are all receiving free meals at the moment, this is different to the free school meal entitlement which links to Pupil Premium funding.  If this is not applied for we will not receive the funding into school.  If you would like more information on any of the above please do not hesitate to contact school. 


Impact of Pupil Premium Statement

In school we monitor the impact of our intervention work to determine which actions are proving most effective. The data below is taken from the Key Stage 2 Assessments from 2016.

The maths and reading data is based upon results from Key Stage 2 external SATs. These are shown as average standardised scores, where 100 represents the expected standard.

The writing is based on Teacher Assessment and is shown as a percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard.

SUBJECT   2016 (school) 2016 (national average)
Maths Pupil Premium 106.3 104.1
  Non-Pupil Premium 103.6 104.1
Reading Pupil Premium 106.3 103.8
  Non-Pupil Premium 102.6 103.8
Writing Pupil Premium 100 79
  Non-Pupil Premium 66 79


Table B shows the attainment of those receiving Pupil Premium compared with those who do not, for 2013, 2014 & 2015. The figures shown are an APS (Average Point Score), these link directly to the levels that the pupils achieved.

SUBJECT   2013 2014 2015
Overall Pupil Premium 24.4 26.5 28.5
  Non-Pupil Premium 31.1 28.8 28.7
Maths Pupil Premium 24.0 27.0 27.0
  Non-Pupil Premium 31.6 28.9 28.7
Reading Pupil Premium 27.0 25.0 33.0
  Non-Pupil Premium 31.4 28.9 28.9
Writing Pupil Premium 22.5 27.0 27.0
  Non-Pupil Premium 29.8 29.3 28.7


What the data tells us:

The attainment of pupil receiving Pupil Premium has risen in all subjects between 2013 and 2015. Changes in the way assessments were carried out in 2016 and the way the data is presented make it difficult to compare 2016 data to previous years.  However, we can see that our pupils eligible for Pupil Premium performed better than our non Pupil Premium children and the national average in reading, writing and maths.

What next:

Our plans for our use of the Pupil Premium Funding for 2016 -2017 are outlined in the Pupil Premium section of our website.

We have been working closely with a School Improvement Officer and Julie Paisley has attended training on the use of Pupil Premium and evaluating impact.

If you would like more information on any of the above please do not hesitate to contact school or click here to view our Pupil Premium Strategy document which looks more closely at barriers to learning.


Sports Funding

We pride ourselves on the opportunities we offer pupils to become involved in a range of sport and outdoor and adventurous activities. Many of our extracurricular events rely on the good will of staff and parent helpers. These include successful football, netball, running and hockey clubs.

Through our local consortium of schools and the wider Carlisle group of schools, pupils have opportunities to compete in a range of competitions, including; orienteering, tennis, cross country, football and netball amongst others.

Sports funding is a sum of money provided by the Government to enable us to extend and develop our provision which we use in a number ways to develop the quality of our provision and extend the number of opportunities available to our children. Our P.E. subject leader has an overview of P.E. provision across the school. She is supported by a dedicated P.E administrator who helps to identify opportunities for continued development. 

In 2016/ 17 we received £8,946.

The table below details how this year's Sports Premium was spent:



The carry forward from this year and previous funding is being used to help fund the provision of a remodelled netball/ multi-sport surface. Due to be completed in Summer 2017, if sufficient additional funding is secured.

Plans for future spend

  • Multi use surface / games area developed in front yard. Approx. £5,000
  • Continue provision of swimming to KS 2 pupils.
  • Maintain funding of HLTA sport leadership role plus future professional development training.
  • Further P.E. equipment purchase as identified by Sports Leader: football, kwik cricket, athletics / tag rugby, infant throwing and catching equipment.
  • Provision of specialist tuition by P.E. teachers, Caldew School. Use of secondary school facilities.

Please click here for a pdf document detailing how the 2016: 2017 Sports Funding was spent.

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