Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.


The PPG is aimed at Reception to Year 11 pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).  This category now includes any child who has been registered for FSM in the past 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

The funding also covers children in care aged 4–15 who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. These are referred to as Children Looked After (CLA). A service premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces. We always ensure that matters regarding the use of the Pupil Premium fund are treated sensitively and with discretion.  We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils and we recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.

In the academic year 2016-17, Ecclesbourne Primary School will have an allocation of £225,720 based on last year’s pupil numbers.

Summary of main barriers to achievement in academic year 2016/17

Trends in our data have identified the following areas as the main barriers which we aim to overcome using our additional funding for eligible pupils this academic year:

  • Pupils who are eligible for PPG make less progress than other pupils of similar ability at the end of key stage two, particularly in maths and reading ;
  • Pupils who are eligible for PPG make less progress than other pupils of similar ability at the end of key stage one from their starting points in EYFS;
  • The attainment of PPG children in the year one phonics screening check, although better than national performance, does not match the performance of non PPG children;
  • In some year groups there are some PPG children who on not on target to meet their end of key stage goal;
  • In some year groups, PPG children with previous high attainment are not progressing at the same rate as their non-PPG peers;
  • Attendance rates for certain pupils eligible for PPG are below the target of 96% for all pupils, reducing their school hours and causing them to fall behind.

How we will spend PPG to address these barriers in the academic year 2016/17

We aim to target our spending to overcome these main barriers by:

  • Funding 1:1 and small group support from teachers and teaching assistants to address areas where learning is either falling behind or could be further accelerated;
  • Funding educational experiences for eligible children which enhance the curriculum and engender a life-long love of learning;
  • Investing in reading support software and on line resources to support the development of reading at home;
  • Where appropriate, supporting with after-school and pre-school care and clubs so that stability is established and attendance or punctuality can be addressed;
  • Developing our pastoral support service with our Learning Mentor to address barriers holistically.

How we measure the impact of our PPG spending during the academic year 2016/17

  • We will measure the impact of our pupil premium spending by:
  • Analysing performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers;
  • Analysing in year data which looks at the progress and attainment of different groups of pupils within the school on a termly basis;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the outcome of teacher and TA led intervention work regularly.

The review of the impact of our PPG spending strategy is ongoing throughout the year and reported to MACs (Governors) on a termly basis.

For end-of-year attainment of PPG eligible children, a detailed break-down of how PPG was allocated and the impact of this expenditure on eligible and other pupils, please click on the PPG spending links below:

First published on 25th May, 2017 and modified 11th July, 2017

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