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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
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 2018-19 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 reading and phonics support in Year 1 and 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.
  • 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.
  • Spaces for children collected by the Walking Bus.
  • An increased range of workshops for parents  –  e.g. Phonics, Language Development, Reading, Maths.
  • Increasing the number of clubs available after school.
  • Rocket Readers for children in years 3-6.
  • 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 v          Nat Gap
    PP Other All PP Other All
RWM % expected 48 69 60 51 71 65  
  Gap – PP v Other -21   -20   -1
READING % expected 62 74 69     73  
  Gap – PP v Other -12   -17    +5
WRITING % expected 48 89 71 63 83 78  
  Gap – PP v Other -41   -15   -26
MATHS % expected 81 85 83 61 81 79  
  Gap – PP v Other -4   -17   +13



    Marvels Lane National ML Gap
Nat Gap
Other All PP Other All
READING % expected 71 80 76     76  
  Gap – PP v Other -9   -16   +7
WRITING % expected 62 72 68     69  
  Gap – PP v Other -10   -16   +7
MATHS % expected 67 72 70     76  
  Gap – PP v Other -5   -16   +11



  Marvels Lane National ML Gap
Nat Gap
Other All PP Other All
% expected 43 74 64     82  
Gap – PP v Other -29   -8   -21



  Marvels Lane National ML Gap
Nat Gap
Other All PP Other All
% GLD 67 74 68     72  


In KS2, the school gap between PP children and non PP children was much smaller than the national gap in maths, smaller than the national gap in reading, the same as the national gap in RWM and larger than the national gap in writing.

In KS1, the gap between PP children and non PP children at Marvels Lane has closed considerably in Writing and Reading. In all subjects, the school gap is smaller that the national gap; in writing PP children out-perform non PP children.

In Yr1 Phonics, the PP children performed significantly worse than non PP children.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage, the Marvels Lane gap has closed considerably.

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. However, there were two exceptions to this in KS2 writing and Y1 phonics. These exceptions are not typical, either in terms of previous or predicted year groups.

Based on this evaluation, our strategy for 2019-2020 will be to continue with provision described above.

In addition we will be providing:

  • Focus and support for the PP cohort in Year 2.

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.