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Pupil Premium Report

The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

At Birdlip Primary School we support all of our pupils. We do this by providing high quality teaching, supplemented by interventions to support vulnerable learners as and when required. The School Leadership Team and the Governing Body monitors the impact of all spending and interventions, including the Pupil Premium.

Additional detailed information relating to pupil progress and attainment and is evidenced in the whole school tracking data for reading, writing and maths. The level at which a child is working was recorded at the start of each academic year and children’s attainment and achievement was measured in December, March and June using APP (Assessing Pupil Progress) criteria. From September 2015 APP will no longer be used to assess pupil progress and will be replaced by a new assessment framework linked to the new National Curriculum. This will still be measured in December, March and June. This information is used to identify children belonging to vulnerable groups and those who are not making expected progress, enabling the school to put appropriate interventions in place in order to close the gap in their attainment.

Academic Year

Pupil Premium Grant



Grant Used to Fund


Expected Impact / Outcome

Cool milk scheme for over 5s


Pupil premium pupils helped to receive a balanced diet.

Specialist SENd intervention teacher


For part of the academic year we employed a specialist SENd teacher to deliver high quality targeted intervention for individually identified pupils.

“Drawing and Talking” intervention training


Will enable the school to provide intervention for pupils who are going through an emotionally difficult time and / or who have behavioural difficulties.

Teaching Assistants


Additional TA support – We have put in additional TA support to deliver intervention programmes to identified pupils, both for academic needs and to address the social and emotional needs of identified pupils.  This is helping to increase the self-esteem and confidence of the pupils receiving support and has impacted positively on their progress.

Additional classroom support has also been put in place to support identified behavioural needs.  This has led to a reduction in behaviour incidents and an increase in emotional wellbeing for those pupils receiving support.   It also supports the learning of the rest of the class by reducing the impact that negative behavioural outbursts had on the class environment. 

Our numbers of pupil premium children are small so care must be taken in interpreting data.  However, school assessments currently show that on average our Free School Meals/Pupil Premium children perform as well as or better than their peers in all subjects in KS1 and KS2 (April 2016). 

“Sound Foundations” resources (Synthetic phonics programme for pupils with dyslexia and / or difficulty decoding language)


Enhanced provision for pupils with Dyslexia and difficulties with reading / phonological awareness.

Residential trip funding


Enable pupil premium pupils to attend the school’s residential trip in order to enhance teamwork, communication and emotional literacy skills.