Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. This includes pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority, those children who have been in care and then adopted and the children of armed service personnel.

All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and show details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent. Schools are also required to report details of how the previous year’s grant was allocated.

Percentages of various groups within school (January 2017)

Reception Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Pupil Premium

4 (15%) 9 (23%) 6 (16%) 12 (33%) 11 (31%) 8 (24%)

8 (31%)

Free School Meals

4 (15%) 6 (15%) 3 (5%) 7(17%) 7 (19%) 0 (0%)

4 (14%)


Academic year 2016/2017

In the academic year 2016/2017 New Marske Primary School Primary School received £66 200 funding for pupil premium.

The pupil premium allocation for 2016/2017 will be spent as follows:

  • To supplement teaching staff levels, continuing to reduce class sizes in year one, year two, year three and Year four
  • Contribution to the Lexia reading program to support the development reading across school
  • Continuation of the breakfast club across school
  • To provide training for staff to tackle areas of under achievement in the classrooms
  • To provide extra support staff for larger classes in key stage two.
  • To provide short, intensive one to one and small group programmes for identified pupil premium pupils as identified through the termly pupil premium analysis
  • To provide short, intensive one to one and small group programmes for higher attaining pupil premium pupils as identified through the termly pupil premium analysis
  • To fund a pastoral support worker to analyse attendance and achievement data signposting parents to appropriate support services
  • To improve the quality of Read, Write Inc provision across the Early Years and KS1

Academic year 2015/2016

In the academic year 2015/2016 New Marske Primary School Primary School received £68 850 funding for pupil premium.

The pupil premium funding for the year was used to supplement teaching staff levels, so that classes with a high number of pupil premium pupils had more teaching staff, a continuation of the breakfast club across school targeted specifically at pupil premium pupils and a continuation of the pastoral support worker post to analyse attendance and achievement data signposting parents to appropriate support services.


The impact of the pupil premium funding is as follows.


Number of pupil premium pupils on which data is based
EYFS 21% (9 pupils)
Phonics 18% (6 pupils)
KS1 34% (12 pupils)
KS2 9% (2 pupils)


Performance of pupil premium pupils compared to non pupil premium pupils (2016/2017)


Early Years and Foundation Stage


Pupil Premium pupils Non pupil premium pupils
Good level of development 44% 75%


Year 1 phonics test

Pupil Premium pupils Non pupil premium pupils
Year 1 phonics test 83% 84%



Key Stage 1

Pupil premium pupils Non pupil premium pupils
Reading 82% 85%
Writing 82% 60%
Mathematics 82% 80%
Reading, writing and mathematics 64% 60%


Key stage 2

Pupil Premium pupils* Non pupil premium pupils
Reading 0% 68%
Writing 100% 86%
Mathematics 100% 100%
SPaG 50% 86%
RWM 0% 68%

*Due to the low numbers of pupil premium pupils within this cohort it is difficult to draw conclusions about KS2 pupil premium performance.


Within New Marske Primary School the gaps between pupil premium pupils and non pupil premium pupils are small.  The Ofsted inspection from July 2016 stated that:


Disadvantaged pupils attain as well as other pupils in school because they make good progress. The gap between their attainment and that of other pupils nationally has closed and is very much less than is typically seen.


Within the early years inspectors commented that:


Children are well prepared to continue their education in Year 1. There is very little difference between the attainment of boys and girls or between disadvantaged children and other children.


Review of the Pupil Premium Strategy

During the year the pupil premium strategy is reviewed in a number of ways. At the end of every assessment period within school, pupil progress meetings are held between senior leaders and teachers to discuss the progress disadvantaged pupils make within class. This leads to termly provision maps to ensure that all pupils continue to make progress and school resources are used appropriately.

Prior to the setting the budget for the forthcoming year, a review of the pupil premium strategy is carried out by the head teacher, SENCO,  and School Business Manager. During academic year 2016/2017 the date for this review is 1st March 2017.  

An implementation review of the pupil premium strategy is carried out by the head teacher, SENCO and School Business Manager to review the progress of disadvantaged pupils and how resources are being used. The date for this review in the 2016/2017 academic year is 20th September 2017

View the Pupil Premium Policy

Pupil Premium Review March 2017

As part of the school’s pupil premium policy, the quality of  pupil premium provision is assessed on two occasions during the year. The first review takes place in March, prior to setting the school budget, the second review takes in September, to review in the implementation of the strategy decided in March.

The pupil premium strategy is reviewed by members of the Senior Leadership Team, School governors and other outside agencies.

2nd March 2017 

For the review in March 2017, an external organisation was used to assess the quality of pupil premium across school. On the 21st of February Tees Valley Audit and Assurance Services came into school to:

  1. Establish how the pupil premium has been used to close the gap between those children eligible for free school meals, and those not eligible, and assess how the school measures whether this action has been effective. Establish if there is any sharing of good practice across school and clusters.
  1. Confirm that the information published by the school on how it has used its pupil premium funding corresponds with the data and information held at the school and confirm that this information is also shared with Governors.
  1. Establish the spending profile for pupil premium to assess whether any amounts being carried over at year end appears reasonable, and that there is a rationale for the monies not being expended in the current financial year.


The main findings and recommendations from the pupil premium audit were:





The School demonstrated that processes are in place to ensure that pupil premium is being used effectively to improve the attainment of those who qualify for the funding. Regular scrutiny by the School and Governors enables the School to measure the effectiveness of initiatives funded by the premium, in order to ensure that initiatives achieve their expected outcomes in terms of raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. Pupil Premium data contained on the School website meets the requirements in terms of what schools are required to publish, and also corresponds with the data held on file by the School.
2 The progress being made by disadvantaged pupils is shared with Governors on a regular basis, allowing them to scrutinise the school’s approach to reducing the attainment gap between those who attract the pupil premium funding, and their non-PP peers.  Evidence was also available to demonstrate that Governors had had the chance to query the information presented to them, thereby demonstrating sufficient challenge and scrutiny of the information being provided.
3 The school was subject to an Ofsted inspection in July 2016, and received positive feedback regarding their pupil premium provision. This audit report concurs with these findings, and appropriate evidence was provided to confirm that the funding is having a positive impact on the standards and attendance of pupils.

As a school we are delighted that this positive report highlights the clear focus our staff and governors have on ensuring that pupil premium funding is being used effectively to increase the attainment of our pupil premium pupils. Although there were no recommendations from the audit, the school has robust practises in place to continue review the impact of this funding on our pupils.

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