Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium at Anstey Junior School 2016/2017

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils so that they can achieve in line with their peers.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” 

Source – DfE website

At Anstey Junior, our school vision and motto is ‘aim high, no limits’– we believe that this is true for all children, regardless of their background or family circumstances.

We are determined to ensure that all of our pupils are given every chance to achieve. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the school’s own budget will be used to enable pupil premium pupils to make excellent progress.

Pupil Premium Funding:

Evidence and research shows that the most effective schools narrow the gap in achievement through a combination of high teacher expectations and quality first teaching with an appropriate, relevant and engaging curriculum supported by purposeful and timely interventions and enrichment opportunities.

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions and provision, along with quality first teaching are designed to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.

Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. As a school, we aim to ensure that ALL pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.

At Anstey, we are fully aware of the positive impact that parents can have on their children’s learning and progress and increasing parental engagement is a key focus. We value parents as part of the school community and are developing better ways in which we can support them in order to make them better equipped to support their children at home.

Funding allocation 2016 – 2017: £84,811

Break down of how the money was spent:

(The school would like to acknowledge that the circumstances for those children counted as Pupil Premium (PP) is very different for each child. Where some children will need support academically, others will need challenge as they are already achieving exceptionally well. Equally, some children and families will need support with attending school, providing snacks and parental engagement, whereas others will be operating very highly in these areas and will require no support with it. This review is not intended to be a blanket approach to all PP children, it targets different groups within the PP cohort, recognising that circumstances are different for each child.)

Number of pupils eligible 57 Including:1 ‘Looked after children’ (LAC)6 children from Service families
Total PP funding £84,811
Summary of provision Impact % of budget spent
Enhanced, bespoke curriculum to promote experiential learning, lead by specialist practitioners. Widen and develop pupils’ experience outside of the classroom. Provide a range of learning opportunities to suit different strengths and learning styles so that pupils can achieve success and build resilience and esteem. Pupil Premium children showed resilience and determination throughout the year and especially during the SATs tests. Writing results were particularly good. 5%
One to one tuition throughout the school to promote progress (class teachers work with pupils to support and enhance learning). Maths focus. Overcome specific gaps in and barriers to learning to enable pupils to make better progress. The gap in maths remained throughout the school. Pupil Premium children were evidenced as making progress, but it was not accelerated enough to compensate for the progress that all children were making:

Test data at the end of 2017 showed results as follows: Year 3 24 point gap, year 4 13 point gap, year 5 10 point gap, year 6 26 point gap.

Small group intervention for Maths and writing led by senior leader. Bespoke curriculum to develop and secure key skills to enable pupils to meet age-related expectations by the end of year 6. Improve parental engagement in learning. This was hugely successful for writing:

In writing 81% of FSM children achieved national expectations compared to 84% of all in school. This was largely due to the small group teaching and also quality first teaching in class. This meant that Pupil Premium (ever 6) Children at Anstey were above the national for all children in writing (county moderation agreed with this as did an inspector).

In maths 50% of the PP children achieved ARE compared with 76% of all. This equates to 4 children. 6 PP children were between 97 and 99 in the Standardised Score. Progress in books and tests over the year showed the PP children in legends making accelerated progress and moving from below year group to meeting.

Attendance support worker to liaise with parents and offer / signpost relevant support This was very successful and attendance across the school was over 97% for the year. There was no gap between PP children and all with attendance. 6%
Places funded at breakfast club /extended schools.

Reduce vulnerability factors. Ensure pupils receive breakfast / snacks as well as ensuring punctual attendance etc. Develop pupils’ sense of community belonging. Improve self esteem and minimise anxieties.

This enabled those children who needed support to arrive at school on time and to be properly fed, which had an impact on attitude and learning. Funded through free food scheme at the moment.
Places provided / funded for extra-curricular clubs and activities. Children who may not normally be able to attend a sports club, or music club have the opportunity to attend clubs that require payment. This equalises opportunities for the children and enabled them to feel more engaged with school as well as improving self esteem. 7%
Financial support for school trips and visits (including residentials) All PP children are offered a 50% reduction on trips and residentials to ensure that they are not prevented from taking part as a result of finances. This improves self esteem and engagement at school. Not all PP families take up this offer. 6%
Emotional Literacy Support* with a specialist ELSA Invaluable support for all pupils who are in need of it. Many PP children attend this provision. Monitoring of it shows children settling to tasks better after ELSA. Available to all pupils, so from main budget.
Allocated key worker to liaise with pupils & families Parental engagement was much higher 2016/2017 for all groups. This enabled parents to be more engaged with their children’s learning. 5%
Break time snack provided Some PP children do not ever bring in a snack and get very hungry between coming to school and lunch. The break time snack keeps concentration levels up. 1%
Food provided by Marks and Spencer / Neighbourly scheme This is a great way to get to know families better and was very successful in 2016/2017. The food was lovely and families really appreciate having the opportunity to come in and collect it. Free

Please note that the school spends more than its allocated budget to support pupils who are eligible for pupil premium.

*All children have access to ELSA support, Nurture Group, LSA support and Friendship / Strategies groups, as well as an enhanced curriculum.

Attainment of pupils at the end of key stage 2 July 2017:

Subject Year 6







26 points





24 points





3 points





15 points

R,W,M combined




21 points

Each PP child is 6.25%

Academic Year 2017/2018

The amount of the school’s pupil premium allocation: £98,280

Main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils of the school (although not by all PP children):

  • Lack of access to books
  • Lack of access to extra-curricular activities
  • Low levels of parental engagement
  • Social and emotional needs that lead to poor behaviour or concentration
  • Low starting points in maths and literacy – lack of basic skills in number, spelling and reading for some PP children
  • Lack of life experiences meaning that analysing texts or writing about aspects of life are more challenging as there is no experience to relate it to
  • Poor understanding of language and sentence construction.
  • Lack of challenge for more able PP children.

A full review of spending was undertaken and completed in September 2017 and as a result of the findings of the review an action plan was created which is available in school.

How the PP allocation is to be spent Budgeted amount of allocation The reasons behind this approach (linked to barriers, previous interventions and data) How the impact and effect will be measured. Final outcomes

Small group intervention for Maths and writing led by senior leader.

£38,000 Some (not all) PP children have had limited life experiences, lack of access to books and low levels of parental engagement and lack of basic skills in literacy and maths. This intervention enables children to have varied and interesting experiences e.g. stories around the fire pit, cooking with a master chef winner, going to I fly and using these experiences to inform writing or maths. Data – SATs results and year 5 results in tests. In previous years the data has shown accelerated rates of progress for children in these groups.

Increased parental attendance at events for the children in these groups.

SATs results in year 6 for FSM children in line with those for all children.

Test results for year 5 FSM children in line with those for all children in year 5.

FSM children enjoy school and are motivated to continue their journey through learning.

Speech and Language support package from trained (accredited) staff.


PP children with poor understanding of language receive support to improve understanding and sentence construction. Children improve on baseline language links score, especially in areas such as figurative language and following instructions. Inference skills in reading tests improves.

Sentence construction in writing improves

Test results improve.

Attendance support worker to liaise with parents and offer / signpost relevant support

£4800 Low level in basic maths and literacy due to poor attendance at school. Not attending regularly means that children do not get to complete whole units of work and have gaps in their knowledge. Children have excellent attendance and are able to complete units of work. Better results in tests.

Better friendship groups as they are in school more often.

Better self esteem and confidence.

Enhanced, bespoke curriculum to promote experiential learning, lead by specialist practitioners.

£4200 Equalizing opportunities and providing stimulating experiences to write and talk about. This is done in the form of outdoor learning, visitors to the school or visits to relevant places. Children have interesting subjects to write about. Children understand the wider world better and so have life experiences to use when looking at texts. Better tests results.

More enjoyment of learning.

Higher aspirations of what they can do with their time.

1:1 and small group maths work with experienced 1:1 teacher.

£13000 Low starting points in English and Maths mean that some PP children struggle to keep up in class. 1:1 and small group work has proved very successful in previous year at enabling PP children to catch up with their peers and access the work in class. Children are able to access the work in class as a result of the 1:1 or small group work and achieve better results, this improves their confidence and self esteem Better tests results.

Able to access the work in class.

Better prepared for the next step in their journey through education.

Higher aspirations for themselves.

Challenge (stretch) group for Higher Achieving PP children

0 (member of staff currently at the school) Some of the PP children achieve high results, this group is to stretch them even further and enable them to have high aspirations Work in books improves.

Test results improve

Children have higher aspirations

Ensure their love of learning continues and they have the opportunity to enjoy being challenged and stretched

Third Space learning: one to one tuition for 45 minutes a week, on computer (remote teaching)

£10,000 Low starting points in English and Maths mean that some PP children struggle to keep up in class. This remote 1:1 tutoring goes at the pupil’s pace and fills the gaps in maths understanding Children are able to access the maths work in class as a result of the 1:1 or small group work and achieve better results, this improves their confidence and self esteem Better tests results.

Able to access the work in class.

Better prepared for the next step in their journey through education.

Higher aspirations for themselves.

Places funded at breakfast club /extended schools. Free due to food scheme from M&S

Free Social and emotional needs that lead to poor behavior and concentration. Having a quiet and calm start to the day can enable some pupils to remain engaged at school, as can having a healthy and substantial breakfast Calmer and more ready to access education

Better results in class as they are not hungry and can concentrate

Better test results

Higher aspirations

Higher self esteem

Places provided / funded for extra-curricular clubs and activities (equalizing opportunities).

£5600 Equalizing the opportunity. Enabling children to stay fit and healthy and enjoy a fun club after school Happier and more balanced individuals

Healthier and fitter individuals

Better results in tests.

More interests and hobbies


Financial support for school trips and visits (including residentials)

£6000 Equalizing opportunities, improving behavior and improving self esteem. Children spend time with their peers on a residential trip, gaining valuable life experiences of being independent, being away from home, trying different activities (self efficacy) and building self esteem More confident

Better results

Emotional Literacy Support* with a specialist ELSA (available to all pupils funded from main budget)

Existing budget

Supporting behavior and emotional needs Better behaved in class and accessing learning better or less distracted by worries and concerns. Able to deal with emotions More engaged in school

Better test results

More prepared for next part of journey in education.

Allocated key worker to liaise with pupils & families


Improved parental engagement, meaning that children take school more seriously as their parents are interested and have higher aspirations for the children Improved aspirations and effort at school.

Encouragement from parents

More positive attitude towards school from parents

Improved results

Better self esteem

Break time snack provided


Children are not hungry and are able to concentrate

Less likely to display poor behavior.

Better work in class Better results in class and in tests.

Food provided by Marks and Spencer / Neighborly scheme (M&S provide food for free, school gives it to families in need)


Improved parental engagement. Parents are encouraged to come into school and access the free food from M&S. This makes school a less threatening place for those who do not like schools. Parents come in more often and get to know and trust school staff. Children realize parents are happy to work with the school and work towards children making good progress

Improved tests results.

Reading raffle


Children have the chance to win a book if they read at home during the week Children read more at home Children’s reading skills improve

Total spend


A comprehensive review of the spending of the Pupil Premium funding was completed in September 2017. This led to some changes in the way the money was allocated. The impact of this will be monitored closely using the action plan which was generated as a result of the review. The next full review will be completed in September 2019.

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