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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?


The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can provide support for certain groups of pupils to address social, emotional and academic skills and to close the attainment gap between them and their peers.


The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, in Years R to 11, that are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6).


Pupil Premium is also allocated for children who have been looked after by the local authority (CLA) continuously for more than six months.  In East Sussex Pupil Premium for CLA is managed by the Virtual School for Children in Care.

In 2019-2020 the Pupil Premium funding will be £1,320 per pupil.


A pupil premium is also paid for those children who have been adopted from care.  The amount of funding for these pupils is £2,300 per child.


Our School


The number of pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium funding fluctuates considerably.    In 2018-2019 8.3% of our pupils were eligible for pupil premium funding.  This is low, compared to the national average of 23.5%.  If you think that your child(ren) may be eligible for FSM, details on how to apply can be found by following the link on the website.


How much Pupil Premium we received last year


In the financial year 2018-2019 the school received £21,120 in pupil premium funding.


How we spent the money (and why)

Last year we spent the Pupil Premium funding in a number of different ways. 

  • Many of the children benefitted from access to support services such as the Educational Psychology Service, the Communication, Language and Autism Support Service (CLASS), an emotional and wellbeing play therapist, mindfulness sessions, Occupational Therapy Services and others.
  • Staff training and continuous professional development (CPD) has informed provision for children eligible for Pupil Premium funding, for example Attachment Training and THRIVE training (social and emotional wellbeing and development), mental health awareness training and mindfulness training.
  • The school has a policy of offering 30% of the Pupil Premium allocation for each child to the parents to spend on school clubs and trips or on non-school related activities such as swimming clubs.
  • Small group teaching time has allowed children to be supported to either consolidate an area in which they require additional support or to extend them to higher levels of learning.  Using Pupil Premium money in this way also allows children not eligible for the funding to benefit by working alongside Pupil Premium children in the same group.
  • Some of the children worked in small groups with the SENCO or a TA to develop social skills and coping strategies for self-regulation.

The amount spent in some of these areas was actually greater than that shown below and the school has spent additional money from its budget to enable some of these things to take place.  Governors are informed at all times as these decisions are made.


The impact of the spending on the pupils for whom Pupil Premium was paid


The use of external agencies has provided several children eligible for Pupil Premium with valuable support throughout the year.  The type of support has varied from advice and assessment to develop academic progress to counselling and support for home-school issues including attendance.  The impact of this work with outside agencies has been very positive with improved attendance and punctuality and increased self-confidence.  Academic progress has also improved after interventions.


Work on developing social skills allows children to be happier in the playground and in their friendships as well as making learning more effective.  All pupils received training in relaxation strategies which can be used in classroom situations, in the playground or at home and several pupils eligible for pupil premium funding received additional training to offer them a range of strategies and techniques to hep self-regulate stress and behaviour.


One pupil in Y6 was eligible for Pupil Premium funding in 2018/19. The pupil was assessed as being working at the expected standard in all subjects and at greater depth in GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling).


All pupils eligible for pupil premium funding accessed trips and residential opportunities offered by the school.


Looking Ahead


How much Pupil Premium will we receive this year?


In 2019-2020 the school will receive £28, 320 in pupil premium funding.


How we plan to spend the money

SENCO salary                                                £   4,654 

TA interventions                                              £   9,353

CPD                                                                £      500

Software licencing                                          £      575

Access to counselling support services          £   1,259

Thrive training and licences                            £      600

30% grant to parents                                      £   8,496

Educational Psychology Service                    £      900

Mindfulness sessions                                     £   1,983

Total                                                               £ 28,320


The Pupil Premium Strategy Statement will be reviewed in March 2020.

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