Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium funding is provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years.

At St Mary’s.

At St. Mary’s we aim to use the Pupil Premium funding to narrow the gap between pupil groups. As a school we have a good track record of ensuring that pupils make good progress, but historically levels of attainment are lower for FSM (eligible for free school meals) – this is also a national trend.

At St. Mary’s we carefully decide how the pupil premium is allocated, taking into account the needs of the children and by monitoring the provision and impact it has on the child. Through observation and assessments we are able to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.

It is through these targeted interventions that we work to eliminate barriers to learning. Many children start school with low attainment on entry and our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations and as they move through the school.


Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition in both the Foundation stage and Key Stage 1. We are able to offer a wide range of different interventions, catering for all needs.

Please see below for information regarding how the pupil premium was spent in the last financial year, the impact of this funding, and the plans for future spending.

Funding for 2015 to 2016 £39,760

In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools will receive £1, 320 for each child registered as eligible for Pupil Premium funding and those that have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. £1900 for children adopted from care, those that left local authority care on a guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). The service child premium will be paid to schools at the rate of £300 per pupil. This year 27 % of children are in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding.

Children in receipt of this funding will receive:

  • A jumper or cardigan on entry to the school
  • One free space at Breakfast Club or Space Rangers
  • One free space at an after school club.


St Mary’s identified the following areas as a need for groups of children on Pupil Premium;

  • Additional input with reading
  • Emotional Literacy Support
  • Speech and language
  • Mathematics
  • Phonics


  1. To develop children’s social and emotional behavioural needs to raise self-esteem and confidence. 

Support provided


ELSA - Three teaching assistants are delivering Emotional Literacy Support intervention which supports the social, emotional and behavioural needs of the child in school. It aims to improve attainment by raising self-esteem and confidence.



2. To raise the attainment of Pupil Premium children in their reading to meet national standards.

Support provided


Boosting Reading @ Primary: This is being used to support children who require extra support with reading. It is 1:1 intensive support.



  1. To address the speech and language needs of children.

Support provided


Speech and Language Support Groups We continue to train two teaching assistants to support children with poor speech and language development.



  1. Additional support staff to support Pupil Premium children across the curriculum.

Extra Teaching Assistant support for Foundation stage and Key Stage 1. – Teaching assistants deliver interventions such as phonics, reading, social skills and speech and language.


Maths Support Teaching Assistants (Year 1 and 2)

  • Back On Track. 1:4 A trained teaching assistant will deliver the ‘Back on Track’ Maths intervention programme. This is a small group intense focus on developing numeracy skills.
  • 1:1 Maths Intervention  A teaching assistant works with a child for 3 sessions a week, for 10 weeks, for intensive maths tuition.




Literacy Support. (Year 1 and 2 )

  • Small group support with phonics: Teaching assistants support children with their phonics through the Read, Write, Inc. programme


  • Sound Discovery. A trained teaching assistant delivers small group literacy intervention through a programme called ‘Sound Discovery. This is a small group intervention.







  1. To extend the opportunities for enrichment activities for Pupil Premium children.

Able, Gifted & Talented Enrichment Courses

The overall aim of the courses is to extend the opportunities for individual pupils to explore and develop areas of ability and talent. (Year 2 children only)



After School Clubs. Children in receipt of pupil premium will receive one free place at a wide range of after school clubs including cookery, football, multi skills, and dance.



Space Rangers/Breakfast Club: Children who are on pupil premium are offered a free session at Space Rangers or our Breakfast Club.



  1. To support staff and parents in raising the attainment and aspirations of Pupil Premium children.

Parental Involvement Achievement for All Programme.


  • Structured Conversations

Targeted parents meetings actively involve parents in supporting their children’s learning at school. Release time will be given to teachers to provide dedicated time to these conversations. Training will be given to new members of staff in delivering structured conversations.   

  • Pupil Premium Champion. To coordinate provision of PP children by rigorously tracking and monitoring progress. To coordinate the AfA programme.


£1, 908






Parent Support Advisor. Working to support families.



Funding for 2014 to 2015

Please see below for information regarding funding for 2014 to 2015