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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
2015-16 391 175 £1,320 £231,000
2016-17 387 170 £1,320 £224,400
2017-18 366 158 £1,320 £208,560


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 2016-17 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Match funding Big Adventure initiatives with Wide Horizons.
  • 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 48 54 51 45 67 61

PP v Other

-6 -24 +18
READING % expected 52 54 53 53 77 71

PP v Other

-2 -22 +20
WRITING % expected 61 61 61 61 81 76

PP v Other

0 -20 +20
MATHS % expected 70 82 76 60 80 75

PP v Other

-12 -20 +8



Marvels Lane National ML Gap


Nat Gap

PP Other All PP Other All
READING % expected 63 72 67 67 79 76 +3

PP v Other

-9 -12
WRITING % expected 42 72 57 56 72 68 -14

PP v Other

-30 -16
MATHS % expected 50 68 59 63 79 75 -2

PP v Other

-18 -16



Marvels Lane National ML Gap

v Nat Gap

PP Other All PP Other All
% expected 68 79 75 72 84 81 +1

PP v Other

-11 -12



Marvels Lane National ML Gap

v Nat Gap

PP Other All PP Other All
% GLD 71 71 71 71 +18
0 -18

In KS2, Pupil Premium (PP) children have achieved a similar level as non Pupil premium children (Non PP) in Reading and Writing. The gap between PP and non PP at Marvels Lane is significantly less than the national gap, in all subjects.

In KS1, PP children at Marvels Lane performed less well than PP children nationally, although the school and national gap was similar in Reading and Maths. PP children at Marvels Lane under-performed in writing this year.

In Yr1 Phonics, The attainment and PP / non PP gap at Marvels Lane is broadly in line with national figures.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, this year Marvels Lane PP children achieved at a similar level to non PP children and therefore significantly better than PP children nationally.

Overall, we judge that our provision and outcomes for Pupil Premium children has been and continues to be a strength of the school.


Based on this evaluation, our strategy for 2017-2018 will be to continue with provision described above.

In addition we will be providing:

  • Admin support to increase the services provided through the Children and Families’ Centre.
  • More training and support in Year 2 for Writing and Maths.
  • A range of initiatives as part of the Language and Vocabulary Key Priority on the School Improvement Plan.


This strategy will be reviewed following evaluation of the 2017-18 outcomes.

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