Pupil Premium 2017-18

Pupil Premium 2017-18

Pupil Premium 

In 2011-2012 The Government launched its' Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals [FSM]. Money is also available for children who are in care. From 2012-2013 it was expanded to include all children, who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. It has also been expanded to include children of members of the armed forces. At present we are receiving funding for approximately 44% of pupils. 

This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially. 

If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the school’s office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child. We also assure parents that all matters regarding use of the Special Fund are treated with discretion and in confidence. 

For more details on the Pupil Premium, please visit: http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium 


  • We aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the individualised needs of all of the pupils. 
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. 
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.


We aim to:

  • Improve progress and diminish the difference for all Pupil Premium pupils
  • Ensure social, emotional and economic barriers are addressed by Pupil Premium grant
  • To ensure Pupil Premium pupils attend regularly and access initiatives such as Breakfast Club so they arrive in a good condition for leaning

Context of local area

The GPFS serves an area of high deprivation; key features of which are as follows:

  • The average life expectancy of pupils within Tilbury is 10 years less than those within Thurrock [Source PCT], due to factors such as smoking, poor diet and insufficient exercise.
  • The 2011 Census of population indicates that the ward from which The GPFS draws the majority of its pupils has the highest percentage of overcrowded households.
  • Tilbury has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe; as a result the school has a significant group of young mothers with limited knowledge of good parenting skills - Primary Health Care Trust 2015 [PHCT].
  • Obese levels are well above the national average with obese adults one of the worst in England. Together with the high levels of smoking, this makes life expectancy for women significantly below the national average and males slightly below [PHCT…2015].
  • The number of children living in poverty is above the national average at 41%. [source: evidence base for draft housing strategy 2015 – 2020]. Most pupils live in the immediate ward to the school which is the most deprived in Thurrock with the deprivation indicator standing at 0.44 against national of 0.24.


The progress of children receiving PPG is rigorously monitored through regular Progress Meetings with Senior Leadership Team members/ Class Teachers/ Governors and the SENCO [Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Additionally, lesson observations and work scrutinies are carried out half termly where disadvantaged children are monitored.

For 2017-18 this monitoring is supported by an independent consultant, highly experienced in reviewing provision for Pupil Premium children.

1.   Summary information


Gateway Primary Free School

Academic Year


Total PP budget


Date of most recent PP Review


Total number of pupils


Number of pupils eligible for PP


Date for next internal review of this strategy

January 2018

2.   Current attainment


Pupils eligible for PP (your school)

All pupils including PP (national average)

% achieving in reading, writing and maths



% making progress in reading



% making progress in writing



% making progress in maths




3.   Barriers to future attainment (for pupils eligible for PP, including high ability)

In-school barriers (issues to be addressed in school, such as poor oral language skills)


Over three quarters of pupils enter the school with language and communication below the national expectation



Some pupils make slow progress because of social and emotional issues beyond the school



Attendance remains below the national expectations and is a barrier to some pupils learning



Some pupil’s enter school with low aspiration but high ability


External barriers (issues which also require action outside school, such as low attendance rates)


Some pupils including those receiving early help do not attend school enough and a subject to external monitoring


4.   Desired outcomes


Desired outcomes and how they will be measured

Success criteria


·       By phonics screening in year 1 speaking and listening interventions have impacted so the PP pupils do as well and non-PP pupils

·       All PP pupils diminish the difference with national by Year 6 and attain at the same level as other pupils

·       That more able PP pupils exceed national age related expectations at the end of Year 6 in line with non-PP pupils

·       By the end of 2018 the difference between PP pupils screening outcomes and national expectation will have diminished

·       By the end of Year 6 PP pupils combined outcomes are within 5 points of national

·       That 75% of PP pupils identified as level 2a/3 at the end of KS1 exceed national in Reading and Writing


·       That by the end of Year R all pupils acquiring social and emotional interventions are identified and have learning support programmes

·       That pastoral interventions ensure that exclusion rates for PP children are in line or below national exclusion rates for other pupils

·       That by the end of Year  6 all disadvantaged pupils have made at least expected progress

·       That external audit  verifies that all  pupils with pastoral support plans are receiving the prescribed  support and making targeted progress

·       That pupils in Year 6 who are receiving additional targeted support make more than expected points progress during Year 6


·       That attendance of PP pupils by the end of 2018 has improved so the difference between national has diminished to no more than one point

·       That by the end of 2018 there  is a 50% diminishment of PA for all PP pupils

·       That the difference between PP attendance and other nationally has diminished by 1 point by the end of 2018

·       That the 50% diminishment is achieved


·       That PP pupils who enter at or above national expectations exceed national ARE by the end of Year 6

·       That pupils that are identified as underachieving accelerate progress to their expected level of outcome by the end of Year 6

·       See success criteria A

Barrier addressed



% of Budget


Impact over time


Additional leadership capacity:




Member of GPFS SLT to be the champion for pupil premium children.

·       Measured by term on term and summative progress of PP pupils


Additional LSA support:




ALPs sessions staffed by LSAs targeted at identified disadvantaged children e.g. More Able

To fund 8 targeted LSA mornings/sessions to address the following:

·      Targeted measured interventions

·       ALP sessions based on outcomes of Pupil Progress Meeting

·      Targeted 1:1 intervention as prescribed by PP lead /SENDCO

  • Measured through impact over time of defined measured interventions and 1:1 intervention

Additional Year 6 teacher capacity:





Need  to raise attainment of disadvantaged students in year 6, especially reading

·       Measured by the in year added value for PP pupils as measured by national summative outcomes

EWO support:





Pro-rata contribution to GLC EWO,

Measured by:

·       The diminishment of the difference in attendance of PP pupils and non-PP students nationally

·       The number of pupils who, in internal school data improve their attendance and/or cease to be PA

Attendance Ambassadors





attendance ambassador:

·       To pay for dedicated GPFS Attendance Ambassador

·       To access full ambassador team



Nurture and Screening  Provision [including Speech and Language support]:











To fund:

·        nurture support assistant

·       2 Well-Being Ambassadors

Measured by:

·       diminishment of fixed term exclusions of PP against national

·       Internal behaviour monitoring and exclusion data

·       The impact on speaking and listening by the end of EYFS and KS1 for PP pupils

·       The impact on phonics screening in year 1 for PP children who entered below national for speaking and listening


Wider Opportunities

School Trips and Events Swimming Subsidy

£2,000 Out of school provision [including clubs, child-care and Walking Bus facilities]



To fund:

·       Contribution towards trips and wider opportunities for PP pupils (e.g. clubs)

·       Contributions towards residential visits

·       To allow all pupils to undertake the schools agreed swimming programme

Measured by:

·       The impact on well-being of pupils through pupil conferencing and parent survey

·       Impact on attendance of targeted PP children


School Milk & Breakfast Club





Measured by:

·       Impact on attendance and punctuality

·       Impact on engagement of targeted pupil through classroom observations


Contingency for in year allocation



To be allocated termly after internal and external monitoring of the PP strategy