Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Statement September 2017 


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 2016/17 we received £40,610 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:

  • Access to language – especially from books
  • Access to extra-curricular activities – educational experiences such as trips, music lessons and participation in physical activities
  • Attendance
  • Parental engagement with school – especially regarding attendance at information and workshop evenings and completion of home-learning
  • The number of pupils who are in receipt of Pupil Premium and also on the SEN register
  • Behaviour – pupils with specific social and emotional needs which affect their learning

 The funding was and continues to be used as follows:

Input Action Taken
 Quality of teaching for all
Diminish differences bringing overall progress in line  with national average and narrowing any gaps between PP / non PP children.
  • Leadership training in the use of data across the school 
  • Development of coaching and tri-observation.
  • Deploy and train teaching assistants to target PP children
Targeted support
To improve the attendance and punctuality of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium.
  •  Review attendance policy
 Other approaches
To increase parental engagement for those parents in challenging circumstances.
  •  Work with LA Family Learning scheme to increase opportunities
  • Appoint Parent Partners Leader from within staffing structure
Designated staff member in charge: Mrs Carly Lockhart (Deputy Headteacher)

Nominated governor: Mrs Vi Symons

 Date of next Pupil Premium Strategy Reviews: April 2018

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