What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to help schools which must be used to support children from low income and other disadvantaged families. This is because national statistical evidence shows that it is these children which form the majority of those pupils who may not succeed in education and whose adult life chances may then be seriously affected.

Pupil Premium funding is primarily aimed at children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). This includes any child who has been registered for FSM in the past 6 years. Funding also covers children in care who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months, while a smaller “Service Premium” has also been introduced for children whose parents are serving with the armed forces.

Each school is free to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium allocated to it, but every school is expected to use the funding to help close any gaps in attainment between eligible pupils and their peers. Schools are held accountable for this by publishing details of their allocation and their plans for expenditure. Schools must also provide a statement for parents and outside agencies confirming previous allocations, expenditure and the impact which this has had.


Pupil Premium At Temple Sowerby – 2018/19

Pupil premium grant allocation in 2018/19: £14,180

How this was spent in 2018/19: At Temple Sowerby CE School the Pupil Premium funding we receive for specific pupils is allocated to provide support across the curriculum. The aim is to ensure these pupils make good progress. We use it to fund extra support in the classroom, allow the delivery of intervention programmes, subsidise music tuition and subsidise school visits which enhance specific areas of the curriculum.

Pupil Premium is used to maintain staffing levels allowing us to provide targeted support in small group work. We do not solely look at the academic achievement of pupils but the whole child. We also look at supporting pupils who are not possibly achieving their full potential by part funding specialist intervention programmes, for example, Reading Intervention and Speech and Language. We make use of schemes such as horse riding therapy and the ‘Letterbox’ club, where parcels are sent to children to inspire a love of reading and engagement with numeracy for vulnerable children. We hope that these approaches will make a difference to the achievement of these pupils, but more importantly improve their self-esteem regarding their own ability.

Impact in 2018/19: There was 1 child in Year 6 eligible for Pupil Premium in 2018/19. This child reached the expected level in reading, writing and grammar and below the expected level in maths, achieving a standardised score of 99. A range of intervention approaches were used to support this child and to help close the attainment gap with his peers. Internal tracking of children in other year groups indicates that children eligible for pupil premium made good progress and were able to access a broader range of extra-curricular activities including music tuition and trips.

Pupil Premium At Temple Sowerby – 2019/20

Total number of pupils:  37 + 7 in pre-school

Number of pupils currently at Temple Sowerby who are eligible for pupil premium in 2019/20: 6

Pupil premium grant allocation in 2019/20: £12,860

Barriers to learning: Typical barriers to attainment include communication and language difficulties, social and emotional issues and lack of cultural enrichment.

Desired outcomes:

  • To improve communication and literacy
  • To develop social skills
  • To provide a richer, more engaging curriculum

How the pupil premium will be spent:

  • Intervention programmes and small group work to target academic standards (reading comprehension, spelling and maths and to prepare pupils for SATs) and social skills
  • Liaising with secondary schools to provide arrangements for extended transitions for Year 6 Pupil Premium children
  • Ensure pupils take part in field trips to provide a richer, more engaging curriculum and better understanding of subsequent class teaching
  • To provide opportunities for children to be supported through ICT, such as the use of applications to promote standards in spelling and the use of Ipad applications to reinforce learning
  • To subsidise access to extra-curricular enrichment activities, such as music tuition, trips, horse riding and the Letterbox Club to promote engagement and self-esteem

How its impact will be measured:

  • Baseline and end of year testing will identify in-year progress
  • Eligible children access positive educational experiences and enrichment opportunities to promote engagement and self-esteem

Date of the next review of the school’s pupil premium strategy: July 2020