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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Statement 2017-2018

What is Pupil Premium?

The government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011

  • “The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.”

  • “The pupil premium is designed to address inequality by giving every school and teacher the resources they need to help their most disadvantaged pupils, allowing them the freedom to respond appropriately to individual circumstances.”

  • “The pupil premium (ring fenced money) is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.”

  • “Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils and hold schools to account through performance tables, which include data on:

    • the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding

    • the progress made by these pupils

    • the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers”

      (Sourced from DFE website)


Who is eligible for pupil premium?

Ever 6 FSM

The pupil premium for 2016 to 2017 will include pupils recorded in the January 2016 school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) since May 2010, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2016.


Children adopted from care or who have left care

The pupil premium for 2016 to 2017 will include pupils recorded in the January 2016 school census and alternative provision census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.


Ever 6 service child

For the purposes of these grant conditions, ever 6 service child means a pupil recorded in the January 2016 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2011 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2016 school census.


Our Pupil Premium Provision at Cirencester Primary School

Our expectation is for every child to leave our school with a strong set of moral values, an inquisitive mind, high expectations of themselves, self-confidence, tolerance and respect for others, a healthy outlook and a range of valuable and transferable skills. The targeted and strategic use of the Pupil Premium grant will support us in achieving this vision.


The main barriers identified to educational achievement faced by our eligible pupils are: weak numeracy and literacy skills and the need for social and emotional support. As a direct result of these barriers, the majority of our Pupil Premium grant is spent on:

  • Teaching Assistant salaries which allows every class to have an additional adult. This enables the targeted support of our most vulnerable learners either on an individual basis or within a small group led by the class teacher or the teaching assistant.

  • As we highly value the self-confidence and healthy outlook of all of our pupils and, as some children’s needs are complex, we require external support to meet their needs in the form of counselling, family support and educational psychologist’s assessment.

  • We believe that an enriched curriculum has a significant impact on children’s learning and can motivate and enthuse pupils. We therefore strive to ensure that every child should be able to take advantage of our extra-curricular activities and every effort is made to accommodate pupils’ preferences.


How is our funding allocated?

2017-2018 estimated total funding

£141,907 (of which £21,427 carried forward)

Grant used to fund:


TA support

  • Targeted intervention for small groups and in class support
  • Social and emotional support


Behaviour and emotional support from external agency


Whole School Curriculum Enrichment

(such as residential visits, sporting opportunities, homework clubs, creative arts, opportunities for gifted and talented pupils, music therapy,)


Nutritional provision

(such as Cool Milk, Breakfast Club)



Any additional funding will allocated as appropriate throughout the school year and accounted for in the 2017/2018 review statement.


How will we know if the funding of the above strategies has made a direct impact on our Pupil Premium children and has been value for money?


Data is analysed by the class teacher, Senior Leadership team and the governors at least three times a year. Pupils’ progress and attainment will be measured to ensure the closure of any gap between Pupil Premium children and non-Pupil Premium children within the school by the end of the academic year, July 2018.


Pupils will have increasing self-esteem, confidence and the skills and strategies to cope with everyday life, both in and out of school. They will have participated in, and enjoyed, many activities that will have given them new and exciting experiences and opportunities which will enrich their lives.