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Pupil Premium

'School leaders use the pupil premium grant to maximum effect to ensure that disadvantage is no barrier to participation and achievement. The school provides additional staffing to support the academic achievement of eligible pupils and their personal development'. Ofsted 2015

What is Pupil Premium?


At St Stephen’s, we firmly believe that all children deserve the very best education regardless of background or need. In April 2011, the government introduced the Pupil Premium. This give schools additional funding to diminish any gaps in attainment for disadvantaged pupils and children in care, as well as to assist with the pastoral needs of those children. How the Pupil Premium is spent is closely monitored and schools are accountable for the impact of the money spent.


Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are far less likely to get good GCSE results. Attainment statistics published in January 2014 show that in 2013 37.9% of pupils who qualified for free school meals got 5 GCSEs, including English and mathematics at A* to C, compared with 64.6% of pupils who do not qualify. The government believes it is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances, and intends to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.


Schools can decide how the money is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.


How is Pupil Premium spent at St Stephen’s CofE Junior School? Our rationale

At St Stephen’s we continuously monitor the progress of all our pupils to ensure that they are achieving their full potential. When deciding how to best use the Pupil Premium, we have used the Educational Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit which provides evidence on how schools can spend money more effectively to improve the teaching and learning of children from low-income families.


Our main strategy to support children in receipt of the Pupil Premium is through providing the highest standard of Quality First Teaching. We ensure that the funding is used to support all disadvantaged pupils, regardless of ability, to achieve the highest levels of attainment. Families may not necessarily be in receipt of Pupil Premium but many of our children are affected by the barriers of child poverty evidenced in the South Gloucestershire Child Poverty Needs Assessment:


The table below gives examples of how the school uses the Child Poverty Report findings and highlights how the school is using its pupil premium to address these:

‘Given the evidence that educational attainment is the key determinant of life chances, tackling the gap in attainment between children from low-income families and other pupils whilst aiming to raise attainment across the board, particularly at key stage 4, should be a priority for South Gloucestershire.’ Page 36

The school spends a large % of its PP funding on academic support targeting English and mathematics. The school uses the Education Endowment Foundations research to inform it’s planning of interventions and catch up programmes.

‘social disadvantages, such a negative prior educational experience, low confidence, poor health, and limited information, advice and guidance which lock negative attitudes and practices in place from an early age.’ Page 48

The school spends approximately 25% of its PP funding on Teaching Assistant support in every class. This helps us to ensure every child is targeted for support every day and every week.

‘Fuel poverty can impact negatively on children’s health and long-term life prospects. Children living in cold homes are twice as likely to suffer from a variety of respiratory problems as children living in warm homes’. Page 57

The school uses some of its PP funding to employ and Education Welfare Officer who works with families to address housing issues as well as the health issues resulting in poor attendance at school.

The national Child Poverty Strategy found that ‘if every child does well at school and finds a job, they would earn more for themselves and boost economic growth’. Page 21

The school uses some of its PP funding on enrichment, engagement and extra-curricular activities. We ensure that all PP children attend educational visits by supporting them with the cost. The school aims that all pupils hold the highest aspirations and understand that passion and hard work lead to high achievement.

What are our plans for 2018/19?

Pupil Premium funding for 2018/19 = £138,550

We will use the funding to:

  • Provide additional classroom support to enable all Pupil Premium children to achieve in line with their peers and national expectations;
  • Use the 'Thrive' approach to provide emotional and social support for children to develop their resilience and confidence;
  • Use targeted feedback to support understanding in reading, writing and maths on a daily basis, to enable Pupil Premium children to make good or better progress.


There are additional barriers faced by pupil Premium children that we will use the funding to overcome:

  • Added support for Pupil Premium children who have Special Educational Needs;
  • Improve overall attendance, including lateness, broken weeks and regular absence, so that it is in line with or better than their peers;
  • Support for children and their families outside of school, to reduce the negative impact on the emotional well-being of the children in school.



Pupil Premium Strategy 2018 - 19

Does your child qualify for the Pupil Premium? If your child qualifies for free schools meals or you are in the armed forces, the school will, in return, receive additional funding to support them. Please follow the link below to see if you meet the criteria, or alternatively, please contact the school office for further guidance.