Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium Funding

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The amount received is dependent on the number of children who are eligible and have claimed for free school meals at any time in the last six years. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding they receive and how this is being used.

The governors monitor the impact of this provision using a number of different measures including pupil progress and attainment data, lesson observations and consultation with pupils and parents.

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools and academies to:

  • raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
  • support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.


  • £1,320 for each eligible primary aged pupil.
  • £1,900 for each Looked After Child.
  • £300 for each Service Child.

The Department for Education has clear expectations how the Pupil Premium Grant may be spent:

  • for the purposes of the school, i.e., for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school;
  • for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies;
  • on community facilities, e.g., services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated.

The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year beginning 1 April 2017; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.

Key principles for using the pupil premium grant at Berry Pomeroy Parochial CE Primary School:

Berry Pomeroy  

  • Is committed to raising achievements for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium
  • does not  confuse eligible pupils with low ability and strives to ‘bring out the best’ in this group of pupils and support them to achieve the highest levels.
  • aims to create an overall package of support to tackle the range of barriers including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focussing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
  • uses assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading, Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are under achieving and why.
  • directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.
  • uses data to carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions, projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.
  • ensures class teachers know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and accountability is shared across the school.


 Pupil Premium Planning and Expenditure 2016-2017 Overview  
Total number of Pupils on roll 94
Number of pupils benefiting from PPG@£1,320 11
Total amount of PPG received £14,520

Our Strategy for Pupil Premium Spending

Berry Pomeroy is a small village primary school therefore our overarching strategy for the spending of PP funding is to provide personalised learning. We have detailed anaylsis of barriers to learning and strategies to improve outcomes for each pupil.

Objectives of Spending PPG

To address the narrowing of the gap for socially disadvantaged pupils (this term is used nationally to describe pupils who are in receipt of or who have been in receipt of FSM). This school recognises that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualified for Free School Meals. It also recognises that not all children in receipt of Pupil Premium are of low ability.

Principles of Spending PPG

We organise teaching and learning at Berry Pomeroy in order to meet the needs of all children in the most appropriate way.

We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups and that socially disadvantaged children have their needs adequately assessed and met.

Reporting PPG

Due to the small numbers of children the school will not publish data relating to age groups as this could compromise confidentiality of children and families


Our provision focuses upon high quality first teach; focused interventions to swiftly fill gaps in learning; pupil conferencing and feedback. Research identifies that high quality feedback can have a big impact on progress. We employ a robust approach to ensuring that disadvantaged children make the same or better progress than their peers.

Percentage analysis of PP children is statistically unreliable due to the varying number of each year group.

Closing the gap data is therefore not reliable as a method of monitoring continued improvement. The focus in this school is the individual needs of the pupils. To publish the distribution of PP children into year groups would not ensure the confidentiality necessary.

Our school catchment area is rural but a large percentage of our children come from outside the catchment area. Due to our  two phase restructuring programme over the last 5 years we have an evolving PP profile.

The focus of spending is on teaching and learning, employment of staff, small classes, attainment in all and training for staff. High quality pastoral support was put in place to ensure that pupils could regulate and focus on learning. The Pupil Premium funding has given our school the flexibility and capacity to provide learning and pastoral support when necessary. We will allocate Pupil Premium funding after a needs analysis to identify priority groups and individuals. After careful consideration of evidence and our own school priorities, during 2015 -2016 we will allocate the following funding.


To narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.

To raise aspirations for all disadvantaged children enabling them to believe in a future of educational success. 

Focus                   Objectives – predicted outcomes Expenditure:
Quality first teaching Continue to support reduction in class size in Year 6 15 in Year 6To ensure that PP children are prepared for the transition to secondary education Within school budget
Progress of SEN/PP children in maths Bespoke programmes for pupils and introduction of pupil profiles 2.5 x£11 = £27.5  x 38 = £1,045
Progress in Reading and spelling Provision of 1:1 daily precision teaching Toe by Toe 5 x £11 x 38 = £2090
Pastoral supportTo ensure readiness to learn giving consideration to emotional wellbeing and supporting good mental health TA support in class to ensure that children are regulated and ready to learn and remain engaged throughout the lesson. Named experienced TA to provide support for children as required 0.5 x £11 = £5.50 x 4 =£22 x 38 = £836
Support for teaching and learning.Provide additional staff to facilitate individual and small group work across the school to focus on accelerated learning opportunities to close the gap and challenge PP progress Additional TA hours to support learning across the school specifically targeted at PP childrenSupport to increase the % of pupils achieving Age Related Expectations in English, Maths reading and writing 25 x £11 =£27
5 x 38 = £10,450
Monitoring of progress, learning behaviours and attendance in all year groups HT and class teacher to monitor through Pupil progress meetingsPP provision and monitoring is highly effective in all year groups School budget
To have up to date subject knowledge and awareness of current research and effective practice Attendance at conferences and coursesPrecision teachingDyslexia training CIC in care mentoring DEAPImprove subject knowledge of ASCImprove pastoral support and mentoring £240 TRAINING + £200
5 x £11 = £55
5x £11 = £55 x 3 = £165
Subsidies for school trips and curricular activities and clubs dependent on the needs of the child To ensure that all children have access to visits to enrich their curriculum and remove the potential cost barrierResidential experience access for allInvolvement in enrichment activities to ensure positive engagement Amount to be allocated as required£1,500
Disadvantaged pupils not meeting the national average for attendancePunctuality Parental engagement Systems developed to improve attendance and punctuality e.g. EWO meetings, monitoring and attendance policy Breakfast club if requiredImproved attendance in line with national averagePupils attendance improved and lateness reducedParental awareness increased

The Headteacher and Governors monitor the impact of this provision using a number of different measures including pupil progress and attainment data, and lesson observations.

Total Expenditure: £14,520 with additional costs absorbed by the school budget.


Pupil Premium Review February 2017

Next Pupil Premium Review September 2017.

Berry Pomeroy PP grant 15-16 Report

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