Pupil Premium


The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).  From 2014 pupils who receive pupil premium are referred to as ‘disadvantaged pupils’.

In most cases the pupil premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals.  Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.

Pupil premium provides funding for pupils;

  • Who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (£1320 per eligible pupil)
  • Who have been continuously looked after for the past 6 months (£1900 per eligible pupil)
  • For children whose parents are currently in active service in the armed forces (£300 per eligible pupil)

The following barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils have been identified by Gomersal St. Mary’s:

  • social barriers inhibiting parental support in schooling
  • 32% of eligible children are on the SEND register
  • a lack of aspiration amongst a significant number of eligible children
  • a lack of engagement with wider opportunities, such as after-school activities
  • a need to ensure that all children start the day having had breakfast


School leaders are held accountable for the spending and impact of this funding. Performance tables are a key indicator as to the achievement of disadvantaged pupils covered by the pupil premium.  However, the school also tracks every pupil premium eligible child across school to ensure achievement measures are at least in line with national expectations.

The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium.  They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • The performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
  • The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
  • The reports for parents that schools have to publish online

Gomersal St Mary’s CE Primary School is committed to providing effective resources and ensuring vital support is in place for our disadvantaged pupils to improve their academic outcomes.

Number of pupils on roll and number eligible for pupil premium (based on Jan 2017)

Total number of pupils on roll214 + 35
Total number of pupils eligible for pupil premium grant (including Ever 6)53
Amount of funding received per pupil£1320 (x 50) + £1900 (x3)
Total amount of pupil premium received for 2016/17£71700
Year groupTotal number of pupils Number eligible for PP
Year 1306
Year 2315
Year 33114
Year 4317
Year 5308
Year 62912

Our Core aim is:

  • To raise achievement and attainment of all pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium so that their performance is at least in line with the non-Pupil Premium peers nationally.
  • To address inequalities of pupils from deprived backgrounds compared with their non-deprived peers nationally.

What we expect to see:

  • A promotion of a high profile approach to meeting the needs of disadvantaged pupils.
  • Regular analysis of pupil data and information in order to identify circumstances which may be barriers to learning
  • The best possible delivery of teaching and learning provision in all classrooms.
  • A wide range of targeted group and individual support packages designed to meet the needs of specific vulnerable pupils.
  • A rich and varied menu of educational experiences to broaden the opportunities of specific vulnerable pupils.
  • Regular monitoring and evaluation of support measures in order to assess impact and ensure effectiveness. This will inform future plans, provide accountability and develop best value measures.

Performance of disadvantaged pupils over time

% of pupils reaching the Expected Standard in Reading67%64%60%
% of pupils reaching the Expected Standard in Writing75%67%60%
% of pupils reaching the Expected Standard in Mathematics83%78%40%
Attendance 96.78%

Pupil Premium Allocation 2016 – 2017 including links to the School Improvement Plan

Priority 1: To improve monitoring and tracking standards across school in order to show that all actions taken have an impact.

Focus of expenditureBudget/costWho is it aimed at?Purpose/objectiveDesired impact/evaluation
1.1 Individual Assertive Mentoring Meetings

Links to B and D on PP Strategy Statement

8 days of teacher release time 6 times per year (48 days)

Cover supervisor wage (scale point 17)
All pupils, but provides focussed time with vulnerable/disadvantaged pupils who require one to one time to build relationships and support.Children have a 1:1 meeting with the class teacher to discuss their progress both pastorally and academically.

Headteacher meets with a selected group of PP children to complete AM meeting with a focus on Higher Attainers.
Children are listened to and share responsibility for their learning and welfare. This will engage children in their education, developing independent skills and accountability.

Higher Attaining Pupil Premium children are challenged further through a meeting on their progress and attitude with the Headteacher.

95% PP children to meet their medium term targets (English/Mathematics and attitude).
1.2 Additional ETA support (scale 17) in classes with high levels of Pupil Premium Children

Additional teaching assistant support

Links to B and C on PP Strategy Statement
£4342.96 April – July – support in Yr 2 (45% Pupil Premium)
20 hours a week equivalent of cover supervisor support working alongside the class teacher (CS)

£3800.09 September – March in Yr 3 (45% Pupil Premium)
10 hours a week equivalent of cover supervisor support working alongside the class teacher to deliver Maths, and additional booster groups in the afternoon. (CS)
12 hours of TA support in addition to the cover supervisor hours. (HN/ JC)

Pupil Premium in year 2 who require additional support to reach their full potential as 45% of the class are PP.To provide support for a larger group of pupils utilising the skills of a Cover Supervisor.

Children require support across the curriculum to reach their full potential, with additional opportunities to address misconceptions.
The additional support of a more experienced ETA (cover supervisor) increases the rate of progress.

The provision map demonstrates a range of intervention opportunities.

Intervention effectiveness evaluations demonstrate 80% of PP pupils meet the expected progress within the intervention.
1.3 Additional ETA support (scale 17) in classes with high levels of Pupil Premium Children

Links to B on PP Strategy Statement

26.5hrs of Cover Supervisor time
Additional support to target PP children in Year 5 class (42% of pupils in the class are PP) moving onto year 6 in SeptemberTo increase the support so that PP children can benefit from effective support in preparation for SATs.PP children to reach end of KS expectations:

Mathematics: 64%
Reading: 64%
Writing: 73%
1.4 Pupil premium coordinator

Links to A, B, C and D on PP Strategy Statement
Equivalent to 1 day per month.
To ensure that all PP pupils are receiving an appropriate level of support to ensure they achieve their full potential.SLT time x 1 day a month to monitor academic progress and inhibiting factors. This may include meetings with other professionals including the LMMeeting time and monitoring time to ensure PP children are getting the support they need through financial distribution. Includes cover to meet with Governors as needed. Provision mapping ensures the needs of PP children are being catered for.

Priority 2: To raise the profile of reading in school; to improve standards and enjoyment of reading for all pupils.

Priority 3: To raise the standards of writing with a focus on Grammar and Punctuation.

Priority 4: To raise the standards in Mathematics with a focus on whole class planning using the Maths Hub materials including Bar Modelling.

Focus of expenditureBudget/costWho is it aimed at?Purpose/objectiveDesired impact/evaluation
2/3/4.1 Fresh Start intervention

Links to C on PP Strategy Statement
4 hours per week (1 ETA x 4 hours)
Pupil Premium children in Year 5/6.

This intervention provides additional support for children in Yr5/6 who require support with their phonics knowledge.
A greater understanding of phonics promotes reading skills and the ability to access the whole curriculum at a more age appropriate level.Target of 75% of PP children to achieve expected at the end of key stage in reading.
2/3/4.2 RWI booster

Links to C on PP Strategy Statement
7 children (years 1 and 2) x 20 minutes x 4 days
7 x £4.18 x 4 x 20
Additional support for PP children in Years 1 and 2 who require intervention with their knowledge of phonics.This intervention will boost basic reading and writing skills which will in turn impact on accessing the rest of the curriculum.Target of at least 80% pass in Yr 1 phonics screening test.
2/3/4.3 Dyslexia support

Links to C on PP Strategy Statement
Year 3/4
6 children 5 times per week for 1 hour
Targeted support to promote reading and spelling skills in years 3 and 4.Improved skills in reading and spelling bring attainment closer to end of year expectations.The gap between chronological age and reading age and spelling age will narrow.
2/3/4.4 Bug Club supports reading at school and home.£2500.00Accessed by children from Reception to year 6.To raise the enjoyment of reading by introducing interactive books. Standards will then be raised.Repeated baseline reading questionnaire demonstrates how enjoyment and engagement with reading has increased.
2/3/4.5 Lunchtime support for PP Bug Club club£676.80
2 hours per week x 24 weeks

= £28.20 x 24 = £676.80
Pupil Premium children in KS2 who may have barriers to accessing Bug Club at home eg lack of technology, family restricting access, lack of engagement.Enable all PP children to access Bug Club.Repeated baseline reading questionnaire demonstrates how enjoyment and engagement with reading has increased.

Register highlights attendance and engagement.
2/3/4.6 Bespoke intervention to support closing the gaps in Reading and Mathematics£500Selected children from years 2-6Weekly access to support Reading and Mathematics. Pupils have a bespoke online system which focuses on their individual gaps in learning.Intervention effectiveness evaluations demonstrate 80% of PP pupils meet the expected progress within the intervention.

Priority 7: To promote pupil understanding of how to stay healthy including emotional and mental health.

Focus of expenditureBudget/costWho is it aimed at?Purpose/objectiveDesired impact/evaluation
7.1 Support through the Learning Mentor

Links to A and D on PP Strategy Statement
£13680.75Targeted Pupil Premium children who experience barriers to learning other than academic.3 days equivalent (21 hours per week) allocation to Pupil Premium children.

Learning Mentor supports children who have barriers to learning specifically linked to pastoral/home issues.
LM engages families and children to break down barriers to learning, developing positive relationships with families and therefore improving progress, academically and pastorally.

LM also attends breakfast club to support key individuals, noting any concerns before school starts.
7.2 Support to attend Breakfast club

Breakfast club staff

Links to D on PP Strategy Statement
£7800 (funding for 40 PP children)

£7335.14 (2/3 of BC salary costs)
Currently two thirds of Breakfast Club children are PP. School covers the cost of their attendance.Funding for 40 children to attend BC at £5.00 per week.
(40 x £5.00) x 39

2 thirds of breakfast club salaries.
Breakfast club provides children with a positive start to the day with a proper breakfast ensuring children are prepared for a day of learning.
7.3 Support to attend After School Clubs

Links to D on PP Strategy Statement
£2340Pupil Premium children are able to access any after school club.Funding for 20 sessions to attend After School Clubs.
(20 x £3.00) x 39

Currently 20 sessions of ASC are attended by PP children.
The school provides a variety of after school clubs encouraging children to try new activities, challenge themselves and develop team work and social skills. Through covering the costs pupil premium children are not excluded from these experiences.
7.4 Additional lunchtime support to improve engagement with pupils.£2948.64To support children, including Pupil Premium children, who have difficulty managing themselves at lunchtime, by introducing structure play options.7.5 hoursAfternoon lessons are not hindered by lunchtime disputes and children have a more pleasant lunchtime experience.
7.5 Surplus for uniform etc

Links to D on PP Strategy Statement
£289To ensure that all Pupil Premium children have support to wear the correct uniform as required.This money is to be used to support additional uniform, specialised kit (eg dance costumes so that children can participate in out of hours festivals, class presentations, summer concert, outdoor learning clothing etc)PP children are not excluded from any events in school because of a lack of kit.

Total spend: £82049.90

Pupil Premium contribution: £71700

School contribution: £10349.90

How will this action plan be monitored?

  • Assessments linked to interventions.
  • Meetings with Governor with specific responsibility for PP children.
  • SLT meetings.
  • Pupil Progress meetings with the class teacher.
  • Meetings with the Learning Mentor.
  • Termly review of spending to ensure the needs are being met and whether spending needs to be targeted in other areas.

Review date: October 2018.


Pupil Premium Report 2015-2016

Last financial year 2015/16 the school received a total of £71700 for 53 pupils (50 at £1320 and 3 at £1900).


Pupil Premium Y6 Attainment

In Year 6 in 2016 29% of PP pupils reached the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths.

In Reading 43% of PP pupils reached the expected standard.

In Maths 29% of PP pupils reached the expected standard.

In Writing this figure was 43% and SPAG was 43%.

In SPAG 14% of PP children achieved GDS.


Pupil Premium Y6 KS1-KS2 Progress

The progress score for Y6 PP pupils was: Reading -3.9 Writing -4 Maths -6.5


Pupil Premium Y2 Attainment

In Year 2 69% made at least expected standard in Reading, 62% in Writing and 46% in Maths.

38% achieved expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths combined.


Early Years Attainment

In Reading 88% of PP pupils achieved a grade 2.

In Writing 63% of PP pupils achieved a grade 2

In Number 75% of PP pupils achieved a grade 2.

63% of PP pupils achieved GLD.