Pupil Premium 2016-2017

Click here to download a summary of the 2014/15 Pupil Premium Grant expenditure and impact.

Click here to download a summary of the 2015/16 Pupil Premium Grant expenditure and impact. 

Also, see end of Key Stage 1 and 2 data in 'Data, Reports and Forms' for more details on Pupil Premium attainment and progress.

Planned expenditure of Pupil Premium Grant for 2016/17:


Pupil Premium (PP) funding is money allocated by the government to provide additional support for children from low-income families, children in care, or those who have parents in military service. This is done because, nationally, there is evidence that pupils who fall into these categories achieve less well compared to other students. The additional support is intended by the government to enable schools to close this achievement gap.

Money is received based on the number of children in each category, together with the level at which payments are set by the government on an annual basis. Currently, for each eligible child, a school receives £1320 and a premium of £1900 for each child ‘Adopted from Care’ as of April 2016.

St. Mary’s School takes its responsibilities for ensuring the progress of all pupils very seriously. We adopt an evidence based approach and apply that to the context of our school and the needs of our pupils to help ensure that all pupils make the best progress possible.


2016-17 Priorities:

To address identified inequalities in progress between groups of pupils whilst ensuring that all make outstanding progress.


To raise attainment and maintain improvement for pupils entitled to the PP. There will be a particular focus on writing this academic year based on 2015/16 data.


To raise the self-esteem and  aspirations of these pupils through  targeted pastoral support and extra-curricular activities. (Our analysis shows this is an issue to tackle with a number of our disadvantaged pupils).

Note: Currently, 1/3 of pupil premium eligible children also have special educational needs/disabilities.  


Targeted additional support strategies resulting in every pupil, however financially or socially disadvantaged, being able to:

  • Maximise progress so that every pupil makes at least expected progress and many make more than expected progress;
  • Maximise attainment;
  • Have full access to the curriculum;
  • Have full access to pastoral support;
  • Access extra-curricular, enrichment (including music lessons) activities;
  • Access to all outings and residential trips.


Outline of the funding received by the school

‘Ever 6 funding’ includes any pupils who have been entitled to free school meals at some point over the last six years, even if they are no longer entitled. Using the Ever 6 formula, for 2016/17, St. Mary’s School has received approximately £43,980 based on an estimated 32 pupils.


Key recommendations from 2015/2016 Pupil Premium evaluation:

Key aims

  • Ensure intervention is in place to target literacy and numeracy skills from the start of the academic year and that this intervention is regularly monitored and evaluated.
  • Target attainment and progress in writing with a particular focus on spelling conventions.
  • For higher attaining PP eligible pupils, ensure that they are sufficiently challenged across the curriculum.
  • Continue to ensure attendance of PP eligible pupils is in line with the remainder of the cohort.
  • Continue to provide access to pastoral support for PP eligible pupils and their families, including wider support e.g. signposting to other services.

 The school intends to achieve these aims:

  • Through strong leadership and a whole-school approach to intervention
  • Through high-quality teaching and learning (including support provided by teaching assistants where required)
  • Through an inclusive curriculum that allows every pupil to achieve to the best of their ability
  • Through the effective use of data, including rigorous moderation, to identify underachieving groups and individual pupils.
  • Through the prioritisation of progress of pupils eligible for PP – this being a key section (Outcomes) on the School Development Plan.
  • Through half-termly tracking meetings run by senior leaders within which the progress and attainment of PP pupils is discussed. This attainment and progress data will be shared with governors too.
  • Through a rigorous performance management system that requires all staff to take responsibility for all pupils they teach.


Planned Expenditure 2016/17: £43,980




Success Criteria - Measuring the Impact

Review Date

1. Targeted Spelling Intervention. Resources, training and intervention delivery.

To raise attainment and maintain improvement and progress in spelling for pupils entitled to the PP from Years 2 to 6.

Deputy Head for Inclusion and KS1/2 Literacy Leaders

Spelling will be more accurate and this will contribute to increased attainment and progress in writing for PP eligible pupils.

Ongoing according to monitoring schedule

2. Whole school CPD on writing.

To further improve standards in writing for PP eligible pupils. 

Deputy Head for Inclusion and KS1/2 Literacy Leaders – Commissioning Literacy Consultant from Local Authority.

Progress and attainment data in writing will be more in line with data for reading and maths for all children including PP eligible pupils.

SLT book looks will evidence increased standards in writing.

Ongoing according to CPD and monitoring schedule

3. Coordination of PP spending



To monitor the effectiveness of spending and strategies to close any gaps.


Deputy Head for Inclusion



PP spending will be targeted at key priorities and as an outcome of whole school self evaluating. Central coordination will help to ensure that spending has a positive impact on pupil outcomes. 

Review spending every term in line with tracking meetings.

4. PP data tracking


To continue to refine data tracking for PP eligible pupils.


Deputy Head KS1

Deputy Head KS2


Data analysis will further enable senior/middle leaders/governors and individual class teachers to monitor the progress and attainment of PP eligible pupils. 

Every half term.

5. Monitoring


Ongoing monitoring of PP eligible pupils’ learning to ensure that teaching and learning is of a high standard. 


Ongoing monitoring of interventions and agreed, inclusive curriculum strategies to support PP eligible pupils.

Senior Leadership Team including Literacy and Maths Leaders

As above no. 2.

Ongoing according to monitoring schedule

Additional teaching and learning input

2 additional part time teachers to enable focused teaching of small groups.


Daily reading support for key children


Daily small group TA support in class and delivery of interventions outside the classroom as required.


Additional 1:1 assessment spending for PP eligible pupils with Special Educational Needs (Educational Psychologist)

Senior Leadership Team to coordinate and deploy additional teachers.


Deputy Head for Inclusion to plan and monitor provision.


Deputy Head for Inclusion in consultation with individual teachers.


Progress and attainment data will indicate that PP eligible children are achieving the same outcomes as Non-PP eligible pupils. 

SLT book looks will evidence increased standards.





Where children have additional learning needs, their progress will be favourable with consideration to their starting point.

Review every tracking meeting – half termly.

Improving attendance of PP pupils.

Monitor individual pupil attendance / punctuality and liaise with/support parents including organising and attending court assessment meetings where required.

Deputy Head for Inclusion in consultation with Education Welfare Team.

Attendance for PP eligible pupils will be in line as data for Non-PP eligible pupils.

Analysis every half term.

Subsidised extended school day support e.g. Breakfast Club/after school facilities on site.

To support families back into work.

Head teacher, Deputy Heads and Office Staff

PP eligible children will be proportionately present in breakfast club/after school activities.

As required.

Review spending termly.

Subsidised trips, workshops experiences and school journeys to support vulnerable children and their families’ expenditures.

To enable all children to experience educational activities beyond school setting. Funding to include inclusion of PP eligible pupils in enrichment, music and ‘challenge’ activities to create opportunities for aspiration and inspiration.

All PP eligible children will access all educational trips and residential outings. PP eligible children will be proportionately present in choir /orchestra/1:1 music lessons.

Provision of school uniform for vulnerable children (as required).

To support families with this expenditure and to ensure that children are well clothed in the correct uniform for school. This will aim to promote self esteem and a sense of inclusion.

All children, including PP eligible pupils will wear school uniform.



The 2016/17 Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed every term - the progress and attainment of pupils eligible for the pupil premium is reviewed every half term and changes to provision are often made as a result.