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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils who receive Free School Meals and who are Looked After Children. This is because the DfE have recognised that good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances. This is particularly true for children from low-income families, or who are Looked After Children, who are far less likely to leave schools with good GCSE results than other children. The Pupil Premium, using additional resources from outside the School’s Budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.


Pupil Premium Summary 2014/2015

Last year Barnsbury Primary School received £68,900 in pupil premium funding. The vast majority of this was dedicated to staffing to enable a range of support to be provided. Number of pupils in receipt of PP funding 2014/15: 53

Pupil Premium used for STAFFING: £69,100

Spectrum reading

No. of PP pupils: 25

Summary of the intervention or action: Small group intensive reading Y1-6

Intended outcomes: Improvement in reading comprehension

Monitoring: Termly by inclusion lead

Impact: This intervention is demonstrably effective, as evidenced through the use of Benchmarking Reading Assessment. Pupils show improved reading comprehension as well as better knowledge of letter names, sounds, high frequency words and high frequency spelling. 

Spectrum phonics

No. of KS2 PP pupils:

Summary of the intervention or action: Small group intensive phonics

Intended outcomes: Improvement in phonic knowledge

Monitoring: Termly by inclusion lead

Impact: This is used as a core programme in KS1 to teach phonics and with those who need ‘catch up’ in yrs 3 and 4. It is still delivered to a few children in year 5 and 6 as needed. The reduction in numbers of pupils on the programme in KS2 shows effectiveness.


No. of PP pupils: 16 

Summary of the intervention or action: Small group maths intervention Y 2-6

Intended outcomes: Addressing gaps in mathematical understanding

Monitoring: Termly by inclusion lead

Impact: This is an intervention that was introduced this year. Staff training has meant that Numicon is now used more within lessons and so is not just a separate programme. TAs report that the assessments used are time consuming and children selected have not always formed a cohesive group. The pitch has also often been considered too low. Pupil Progress has been variable and is not consistently delivering outcomes expected.
If this programme is continued, Inclusion Leader suggests: more accurate analysis of need and teaching to ‘fill the gap’; review of groupings; review of delivery. 


No. of PP pupils: 9 

Summary of the intervention or action: Y6

Intended outcomes: Accelerated progress to bring pupil more in line with age related expectations and to ensure 2 levels progress is made.

Monitoring: Headteacher

Impact: Year 6 were taught by two highly skilled teachers for core subjects and another group had further focused tuition for 1 ½ terms.
The outcome has been that BPS exceeded floor targets in reading and maths and 75% of PP pupils have made expected progress from KS1 in reading and 62.5% in maths.

Additional Reading

No. of PP pupils: 11 

Summary of the intervention or action: Additional daily lunchtime reading sessions Y1 - 6

Intended outcomes: Provide additional reading opportunities for those with less support at home and close the gap for lower attainers.

Monitoring: Headteacher

Impact: Four learning assistants worked from February half term with individual pupils during lunchtime providing additional reading. Each child had between 10 and 15 minutes 4 times a week. Class teachers noted improvements in confidence, fluency, ability and comprehension with the majority of those taking part. Next year consider repeating and offering an after school homework club.

Pastoral Support (Drawing and Talking; Social skills / self-esteem;1:1 support; behaviour support; art therapy)

No. of PP pupils: 7

Summary of the intervention or action: Individual or group support in response to needs Yr-6

Intended outcomes: Reduction in anxiety related issues; children better able to cope with a range of social situations.

Monitoring: Weekly pastoral team meeting. Review at end of programme

Impact: Individual or very small group work has allowed pupils to explore, come to terms with or develop strategies to cope with situations that are impacting on them personally.
Using our ELSA profile, completed before and after the programme by the class teacher, these interventions have all resulted in a more positive profile. When relevant, there has also been a reduction in red card incidents

Home School Link Worker

Summary of the intervention or action: Family support tailored to specific needs Y R-6

Intended outcomes: Direct support for families enabling parents to cope more effectively with a range of issues

Monitoring: Inclusion Leader

Impact: There have been a range of issues from behaviour / ADHD/ ASD/ anxiety and addiction where families have been supported and/or signposted to the relevant agencies and groups for both the families and child’s needs.
Formal Early Help Assessment has been undertaken where necessary, involving a variety of other agencies.
Families are more aware of this role and the support available and some have self-referred.
Completed evaluation forms demonstrate a very high level of satisfaction with the support received.



Summary of the intervention or action: Inclusion leader Pastoral team

Intended outcomes: Development of professional knowledges

Impact: TInclusion leader has had opportunity to reflect on how pupil premium pupils are currently supported and how this could be developed in the future – a specific action plan needs to be drawn up with HT / SLT early in the autumn term with clearly identified outcomes and milestones. ELSA and DHT have clear ideas on how to further develop pupil wellbeing. Further focus next year should be on further developing strategies in order to raise attainment and progress of all pupils

Pupil Premium used for VOUCHER SCHEME: £3975

Summary of the intervention or action: Vouchers to be used on clubs, outings, uniform etc

Intended outcomes: Equality of opportunity

Monitoring: Extended Services

Impact: 95% of families used the full amount of vouchers issued, the majority of which were used on trips and after school clubs. Next year Inclusion lead has recommended, the scheme to be extended to Ever6 pupils rather than just those currently in receipt of FSM. Additionally, a specific allocation of funding should be set aside to enable all Ever6 children to take part in the residential visit, should they wish.

Pupil Premium used for OUTDOOR LEARNING: £900

Forest Schools

No. of PP pupils: 9

Summary of the intervention or action: Skills development in outdoor environment

Intended outcomes: Increased independence and self esteem

Monitoring: Outdoor education leader

Impact: Teachers report seeing an increase in confidence in the classroom in pupils who attended forest schools. The pupils were keen to engage in all activities and asked when it was time for forest schools. The pupils experienced and developed team building skills and enjoyed learning in the outdoors environment.

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Pupil Premium Predicted Spend 2015/2016

Pupil Premium Income 2015/2016£95,000

Planned Pupil Premium Expenditure

Support Staff

£ 31,000

CPD (incl. external providers)

£ 8,600

Inclusion team

£ 34,000

Residential Visit

£ 3,600

Voucher scheme

£ 5,400

Forest School

£ 1,500


£ 1,040

Early Years/Year 1 intervention

£ 10,000

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Research undertaken by the Sutton Trust has been taken in to account prior to the spending of the Pupil Premium at our school:

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