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Pupil Premium Grant

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England, to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil Premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.

Below is an overview of how Ellingham will use the Pupil Premium grant. A  full Pupil Premium Strategy can be found a the bottom of this page.

Details of past Pupil Premium Grant expenditure can be found at the bottom of this page.

Q1: What is the amount of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) available for each eligible child?

In 2018-19 financial year, the school will receive £1,320 of funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.

Q2: What is the total amount of Pupil Premium Grant received to date for 2016-2017?

This is given to the school on an incremental basis, following the Census in October and in January. The total Ellingham will receive this financial year is £97,680 

Q3: How many children at Ellingham are entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant?

The total number of children on roll at Ellingham is 420 (Reception to Year 6). The total number of children entitled to the PPG is 74.

Q4: What are the main barriers to achievement at Ellingham Primary School?

The main barriers to learning can broadly be categorised as:

  • Poor attendance and absence
  • Low achievement and attainment
  • Underdeveloped social and cultural experiences
  • Communication difficulties
  • Vulnerable students 
  • Low aspirations

During pupil progress meetings, these barriers are explored further and support is tailored to individual needs. 

Q5: How does Ellingham spend the funding received for Pupil Premium?

  • Intervention to address areas of need for children in years 5 and 6 who are eligible to PPG. These will be run by a qualified teacher
  • Intervention led by Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants to address areas of needs across the school
  • Support from our Pupil and Parent Support Assistants to improve punctuality and attendance, as well as providing nurture support
  • Half Termly workshops for parents
  • Cover for teachers to work with targeted parents
  • Staff training for the Power of Reading programme include license fee, course costs and staff cover costs
  • Training sessions for all staff on implementing Kagan structures throughout the school which has been shown to the help close the gap, whilst accelerating the progress of all groups.
  • Training for new staff to develop collaborative learning/peer to peer support for children and run sessions on meta-cognition
  • Purchasing of Read, Write, Inc: Fresh Start resources and training for staff involved
  • Purchasing of Read, Write, Inc resources and training for staff invovled
  • Dyslexia support for targeted children entitled to PPG
  • Cover costs for Pupil Progress Meetings which will focus on children entitled to PPG
  • Cover for staff to explore best practice at other schools
  • PPG champion to establish best practice and monitor individual progress of those children entitled to PPG
  • Financial support for children who are entitled to PPG in order to access extra-curricular clubs and school trips when this will lead to a clear educational benefit
  • Emotional Health Service support
  • As a school, we use the research done by the Education Endowment Foundation to help us plan our spending of the Pupil Premium Grant. Further information can be found here:

Q6: How do we measure the impact of our Pupil Premium Grant initiatives?

Review of initiatives happen throughout the year with a full review in July. The next strategic review will be July 2019

  • Measuring the progress of children every half-term to identify the rate of progress for our PPG children

  • Using this information to ensure targeted interventions are put in place for children who may not be making the expected level of progress

  • Evaluating and monitoring the interventions each term to ensure that they are having the desired impact on the rate of progress

  • Monitoring the results of pupil voice audits and surveys, e.g. PASS

  • Monitoring attendance and punctuality

  • Monitoring usage statistics for the Earwig academic Timeline website

Q7: What are the eligibility criteria for my child to receive Pupil Premium funding?

  • The school uses eligibility for free school meals as the main measure of deprivation at pupil level.

  • The Local Authority provides all schools with a list of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.

  • This enables us to target identified children with the appropriate level of support as early as possible.

  • If you think your child is eligible for Free School Meals, please contact the school office for further support.

Q8: Who can I speak to if I wish to discuss Pupil Premium funding?

If you feel that your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant or would like to discuss the funding further, please contact the school office.