Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Statement September 2018-2019

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals; those looked after by the local authority and children of armed services personnel.

The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment and narrow the attainment gap between these pupils and their peers.

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools from central Government and is clearly identifiable. As a school, we can  decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since we are  best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within our responsibility. However, are held to account on how we have used this funding and the impact it had.

Portobello's Approach to Pupil Premium Funding

At Portobello Primary, the targeted and strategic use of Pupil premium funding will support us in achieving our vision of 'Creating Confidence, Empowering Excellence, Igniting Independence'.

Our key priorities for children who are eligible to receive Pupil Premium funding are identified on the action plan, and specifically include targeting the percentage of Pupil premium children achieving greater depth.

How we use Pupil Premium funding

For the academic year 2019/20 we received £38,820 in Pupil Premium funding.

 Identified barriers to educational achievement

We have identified the following as barriers for some of the pupils currently in receipt of Pupil Premium:

  • Gap already exists between PP and non PP on entry to  Reception
  • Some PP pupils need early support with toileting, speech and vocabulary development, social skills, exposure to number, physical development and the wider world
  • Pupil Premium children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are making less progress than other pupils across Key Stage2. This prevents sustained high achievement in Key Stage 2.
  • In the current Y4 cohort (which has the greatest % of PP children with SEN pupils in school and poor attendance) there are less pupils achieving age related expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths than non PP pupils.
  • Poor attendance and punctuality rates of pupils eligible for PP. This reduces their school hours and causes them to fall behind on average.
  • Low parental expectations and complex social needs which can hinder children’s views in realising their goals and why it is important to aim for success.

 The funding was and continues to be used as follows:

Input Action Taken
  • To speed up development of language skills on entry to EYFS to enable children to achieve the Early Learning Goal for Communication and Language and Y1 Phonics standard.
  • To promote communication and language in all areas of learning and to train adults to deliver language rich activities.
  • To increase parental engagement in reading and speaking and listening activities
  • All PP children will achieve the Early Learning Goal for Communication and Language.
  • All PP children will reach Year 1 Phonics standard 
  •   To improve the quality of teaching, intervention and monitoring for SEND pupils so that the differences in progress and attainment between ‘PP children’ and ‘all children’ are significantly diminished.
  • There will be a rise in the % of PP children who are on the SEND register achieving Age Related Expectation (ARE) across the school.
  • The progress of PP children who are on the SEND register, will be comparable to those not on the register.
  • To improve the attendance and punctuality of PP pupils by engaging with vulnerable families to specifically address the importance of punctuality and attendance issues.
  • Reduce the number of persistent absentees among pupils eligible for PP.
  • Overall PP attendance improves to be in line with non PP attendance.
  • To increase parental engagement for those parents in challenging circumstances
  • Parents and carers will access the new fortnightly coffee mornings
  • Parents will access family learning opportunities
  • The % of PP children accessing after school clubs will increase
  • Parents of PP children will feel more confident in supporting their child’s learning
  • Develop Parent Partner Lead within structure to develop further opportunities
Designated staff member in charge: Mrs Carly Lockhart (Deputy Headteacher)

Nominated governor: Mrs Vi Symons

 Date of next Pupil Premium Strategy Reviews: April 2020

If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the school office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would still mean that the school could claim the Pupil Premium funding available to help your child.

All matters regarding the use of Pupil Premium funds are treated with discretion and in confidence.

Department for Education Support for children and young people