Pupil Premium, 2014-2015

Introduction about Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support particular groups of pupils who are known to be at risk of underachievement and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils, in Years R to 11, that are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM in the past six years (Ever 6).


In the 2013 to 2014 financial year, schools received £953 for each eligible primary-aged pupil or £900 for each eligible secondary-aged pupil


In the 2014 to 2015 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,300 for primary-aged pupils

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil who:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:
  • a special guardianship order
  • a residence order 2012/13 the premium was £250 and is set to rise to £300 in 2013/14.


More information is available on the Department for Education website.



Pupil Premium Funding for 2014-2015


Total number of pupils on roll 336
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 111
Amount of PPG received per pupil £1,300
Total amount of PPG received £180,700



Our School, and our Philosophy

Heron Park Primary Academy currently has 336 pupils on roll and 111 of our pupils are eligible for FSM or who have received FSM in the past 6 years. Heron Park Primary Academy is committed to narrowing gaps and ensuring that every pupil excels. Pupil Premium funding is allocated to raise achievement for disadvantaged pupils. Currently 33% of pupils are eligible for support, funded by The Pupil Premium


What are we doing as a school about the Pupil Premium?

Heron Park Primary Academy is determined to ensure that all pupils achieve and are given the highest standards of teaching and learning, and we are focusing on delivering Quality First Teaching. Additionally, that support and intervention is given to all pupils so that they are achieving their full potential; aiming for excellence. To assist in our goals, we have in place monitoring and intervention programs that targets individual needs of those pupils who are supported by The Pupil Premium.

Adoption of the 3 part Model

As part of our involvement with East Sussex County Council’s Closing the Gap (CtG) project with Dr John Dunford, Pupil Premium Champion for the DfE, we have adopted the 3 part model for Pupil Premium Funding provision, focusing on whole-school strategies that impact all pupils, strategies that target under-performing pupils and specific strategies targeting pupil premium pupils.


Whole School Strategies That Benefit All Pupils


This academic year, we are focusing on Quality First Teaching strategies based on global and national good practice in accelerating school improvement, and the quality of teaching and learning.


This academic year, the school has allocated £80,330 to whole school strategies, which focus on quality first teaching, curriculum development, academic tracking and interventions and increasing student motivation and attendance.


Whole-School Strategies – Total Allocation: £80,330
Strategy Rationale and Impact
Coaching and Mentoring for performance development High quality teaching and learning are essential requirements for maximising the achievement of all pupils. Members of SLT are used to support planning, delivery and assessment to accelerate teacher development.
Action Research and Peer Development Programme for all staff A whole-school approach to identify individual areas of need and influence, a reflective approach on practice and collegiate support is having a positive impact on driving up standards and commitment.
SENCO, Phase Leader and Academic Leader Capacity Key leaders are given time to review and address assessment and attainment data and systems.
Staff Professional Development & Networking. Staff trained in working for effectively to ensure most impact of teaching, attainment and progress.   Sharing of good practice and building professional networks.
Humanities and PSHE programme, with capacity for Paragon Leads for collaboration. Hands on engaging curriculum that encompasses history and geography, to set benchmarks for pedagogy. Also engages parents.
Specialised Sports Coaching Specialist PE programme delivery impacts on behaviour and attitude to learning.
Music Enrichment Programme Professional expert music provision a key factor in self-confidence and promoting of creativity.
Student achievement, attendance, behaviour and effort initiatives. Celebrating the positives and having public reward systems that focus on achievement have proved to be effective in motivating students and raising awareness and engagement of parents.



Targeted Strategies for under-performing and other pupils


A significant proportion of our students enter the school below national standards, as evidenced by our baseline and continuous assessment systems, and our Ofsted inspection. It is essential that we start early and provide interventions, and put in place systems to motivate learning, improve meta-cognition and engage parents actively in the learning of their child. This academic year, we have allocated £82,116 on strategies that will benefit underperforming children within the school.


Strategy Rationale and Impact
Interventions led by trained support staff. Support staff delivering one-to-one and small group support in maths and English.
Delivery of External proven systems for interventions Maths Count program to tackle gaps in learning, and well as additional support to certain year groups through boosters.
Online Resources Resources acquired to allow personalised learning at school and at home. IXL, Academic City, I am Learning and SATS bootcamp acquired.
Reading Club After-school provision of reading with trained members of staff, for students who do not read at home.
Student Support Officer, Parent Groups, Support for individual PP families. Student Support Officer a key link between families and school for families needing additional support. Specific PP families and students supported with reading and homework training.
Nurture Specialist, with provision for nurture clubs, sessions, and one-to-one and small group support. Specialist employed to deal with children who are not responding to school systems and sanctions.


Targeted Strategies for Pupil Premium Children


Pupil Premium children have specific targeted funding so that they are able to overcome very personal barriers to learning and cohesion with the main student body. There are often very subtle, and do not draw attention to the funding and interventions to the other pupils.


Strategy Rationale and Impact
Breakfast Club subsidies for PP and non PP pupils, and after-school clubs and activities. A number of PP and non PP pupils have their fees waived in order to promote a positive, healthy start to the day. Pupil Premium pupils are supported when there is most need for them to participate in the wider, extra-curricular activities
Pupil Premium Champion Champion to lead and monitor systems and evaluate impact of pupil premium funding.
Parenting & Support Strategies Specific PP families and students supported with reading and homework training.