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The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to schools by the Government to help address the under-achievement of children who are eligible for Free School Meals, ‘Looked After Children’ (in care of the Local Authority for at least six months), adopted children or children of service families.  In 2012, this funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for FSM within the last six years. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium in ways that they judge best to raise the achievement of these children.  They are required to publish information about this on the website.  What follows is a summary of our Pupil Premium funding, how we have spent it and what impact it has had on pupil achievement.


Year Number of children aged 5+ on Roll Eligible Pupils Per Pupil Total Pupil Premium Grant
2016-17 387 170 £1,320 £224,000
2017-18 366 158 £1,320 £208,560
2018-19 357 163 £1,320 £215,160


Research shows that the main barriers that can limit the educational achievement of some children from disadvantaged or ‘low-income’ backgrounds are: fewer opportunities for language development from an early age; lower family expectations and aspirations about how much children can achieve at school; fewer opportunities to engage in a wide range of experiences and additional ‘enrichment’ activities.

Our main strategy for overcoming these barriers is quality first teaching, irresistible learning and high expectations for all children to achieve academically, creatively, personally and socially. We also use the Pupil Premium funding for a range of interventions. Some interventions benefit all pupils, some are specifically targeted at groups or individuals on FSM. Some interventions are directly related to pupil attainment (i.e. 1:1 tuition, booster groups), others have a more indirect impact on achievement by raising aspiration, self-esteem and broadening horizons (i.e. counselling, aspirational clubs, opportunities for adventure).

In 2017-18 we spent our Pupil Premium funding in the following ways:

  • Additional teachers and teaching assistants in Year 6 for English and Maths lessons to enable more targeted teaching.
  • Additional 1:1 tuition for specific pupils in Year 6.
  • Additional reading and phonics support in Year 2.
  • Additional teacher support in Year 2 for small group maths work,
  • Time for whole school focus on tracking the achievement of pupil premium children and responding to any concerns.
  • Additional float teaching assistants to provide more targeted support within lessons across the school.
  • Additional adults in nursery to boost children’s language development.
  • Pupil Parent Support Worker whose work is primarily focused on improving the learning opportunities and parental engagement of pupils with barriers to their learning (i.e. attendance, attitude).
  • A Learning Mentor to support children and families in KS1 and Reception.
  • Place2Be – a school based counselling and therapeutic service designed to support children and families in challenging circumstances.
  • Subsidies for breakfast clubs, after school clubs, school trips, residential weeks/weekends, music tuition and special events, including an additional school journey in the Summer Holidays.
  • An additional day of administration staff to enable a whole day to be spent supporting attendance issues.
  • Additional admin support to increase services provided through the Children’s Centre.
  • An external Attendance and Welfare Officer to work with families of children who are persistently absent.
  • Increasing the support for eligible families with children under five through the Children’s Centre.
  • More children collected by the Walking Bus.
  • A range of workshops for parents  –  e.g. Phonics, Language Development, Reading, Maths.
  • Increasing the number of clubs available after school.
  • Rocket Readers.
  • Team Around the Pupil Progress meetings (TAPP) to enable all teaching staff to discuss effective strategies for targeted children.

Looked After Children are targeted more specifically, this funding (£1900 per child) is received termly and will follow the child if they leave the school.

The total expenditure on the provision above exceeded the Pupil Premium funding allocation. The evaluation of this provision and its outcomes can be seen below.


KS2 (unvalidated) 

    Marvels Lane National ML Gap


Nat Gap



Other All PP


Other All
RWM % expected 56 67 61 46 70 64  
  Gap – PP v Other -11   -24   +13
READING % expected 70 70 70 60 80 75  
  Gap – PP v Other 0   -20    +20
WRITING % expected 63 80 72 63 83 78  
  Gap – PP v Other -17   -20   +3
MATHS % expected 70 80 75 61 81 76  
  Gap – PP v Other -10   -20   +10



    Marvels Lane National ML Gap
Nat Gap
    PP (37%) Other All PP Other All
READING % expected 62 81 74     76  
  Gap – PP v Other -19        
WRITING % expected 62 72 68     70  
  Gap – PP v Other -10        
MATHS % expected 67 72 70     76  
  Gap – PP v Other -5        



  Marvels Lane National ML Gap
Nat Gap
  PP (44%) Other All PP Other All
% expected 89 78 80     83  
Gap – PP v Other +11        



  Marvels Lane National ML Gap
Nat Gap
  PP (28%) Other All PP Other All
% GLD 50 68 64     71  


In KS2, Pupil Premium (PP) children have achieved a similar level as non Pupil premium children (Non PP) in Reading, however the school gap in Writing is similar to the national gap. The gap between PP and non PP at Marvels Lane is approximately half the national gap, in RWM and Maths.

In KS1, the gap between PP children and non PP children at Marvels Lane has closed in Writing and Maths, but not Reading.

In Yr1 Phonics, the Pupil premium children outperformed the non PP children.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, the Marvels Lane gap was high and will be a focus for intervention in Year 1

Overall, we judge that our provision and outcomes for Pupil Premium children as a continued strength of the school. While the outcomes for our Pupil premium children are generally lower than the national benchmark, our gaps are smaller than national gaps in most cases and non-existent or positive in others.


Based on this evaluation, our strategy for 2018-2019 will be to continue with provision described above.

In addition we will be providing:

  • Focus and support for the PP cohort in Year 1 and the provision in Reception.

This strategy will be reviewed following evaluation of the 2018-19 outcomes.

If you would like to apply for Pupil Premium please click HERE to be redirected to Lewisham’s Website where you can complete an application online.  Alternatively  please download and complete the Application Form to apply for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium or ask for a paper copy from the office.