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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011.  Schools can use this additional funding to support the children who receive this money in whichever way they wish as long as they can show how the monies have been spent and their impact on standards.  Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding.

At Thelwall Community Junior School we will use this funding to provide additional support to our eligible children and work to narrow any gap in attainment

Pupils entitled to pupil premium are:

  • Looked After
  • Free School Meals
  • Children of parents in the “forces”

    What Is The Pupil Premium?

    “The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is 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.

    In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”       …from the DFE website.

    At Thelwall Community Junior School, we use economies of scale to pool the Pupil Premium money to benefit the whole cohort of disadvantaged pupils where and if it is needed. 


The pupil premium allocation for 2017-18 was currently £ 32,040.


The funding was spent on staffing, within the normal teaching day, to increase our adult/pupil ratio, so that we could deliver focused intervention support, usually within key literacy and numeracy areas. £17,000 will be spent on extra teaching time and £10,000 on TAs, £4440 spent on general resources, £2000 spent on pupil pastoral support and £600 spent on trips.

A wide range of intervention groups took place during the day. These were run by teachers and teaching assistants to support identified pupils.

All distinct groups of children, including disadvantaged children and “looked after pupils,” are tracked closely and evidence shows that they make progress. The ASP document confirms that

Thelwall Community Junior School has made some impact in “narrowing the gap” for disadvantaged children. The attainment of pupil premium pupils at Thelwall Community Junior School is closing.


Impact and Barriers

When pupils eligible for pupil premium enter Thelwall Community Junior School in Y3, they are usually below age related expectations. There is usually a gap between the school’s disadvantaged pupils and the “other” children. KS2 data shows there is usually less gap by the end of Y6.


Generally, attendance for some pupil premium pupils is lower than "others" and this is one of the barriers we work on constantly to ensure these pupils are in school and ready to learn. We interrogate data from school records and other sources e.g. Ofsted dashboard to find levels of absence and persistent absence. To address this, we regularly let parents know if we have concerns about their child's absence and if necessary invite them in to discuss the concerns and offer any help.

We have also identified that many disadvantaged children need pastoral support and therapeutic work to support their mental health and well-being. We have now trained staff to support pupils in this area. We now use TAs and teachers who are trained to give 1-1 pastoral support throughout the year for these pupils to ensure that they are less stressed and ready to learn effectively.

Thelwall Community Junior School disadvantaged pupils are supported through targeted support groups given to pupil premium pupils as well as other vulnerable groups of children that are at risk of not attaining age related expectation by the end of Key Stage two. This is done in every class by teachers and T.As. We use our provision mapping to target specific groups of children. We regularly adjust this support so that support given at the point of need.  

Evidence shows that, overall, performance of disadvantaged pupils is lower than that of other pupils for 2017 data. This data indicates how well a school does at tackling this difference. Disadvantaged pupils are those who were eligible for free school meals at any time during the last 6 years and children looked after (in the care of the local authority for a day or more or who have been adopted from care). Where there are 5 or fewer pupils covered by the measure at the school the performance tables avoid making these figures public to protect the privacy of those individuals

2018 Cohort Pupil Premium / Disadvantages (PP) – Percentage of pupils at or above the expected level at the end of Key Stage two. There were 5 pupils in this cohort.








Thelwall Junior PP Pupils






Thelwall Junior all Pupils






Thelwall Junior non PP






Warrington LA






Warrington LA PP Pupils






National All Pupils







Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure 2018- 2019

The pupil premium allocation for 2018 -2019 is currently a draft allocation of £27,700


The funding will be used similarly to last year. The funding will be spent on staffing, within the normal teaching day, to increase our adult/pupil ratio, so that we could deliver focused intervention support, usually within key literacy and numeracy areas. £12,000 will be spent on extra teaching time and £10,000 on TAs, £3000 spent on general resources such as Reading Plus, £2000 spent on pupil pastoral support and £700 spent on trips.


Key Objectives for the Pupil Premium funding

Our Pupil Premium children face barriers in the core areas of English and Maths, especially spelling, sentence construction and quick recall of mathematical facts.

The lot of our PP children also struggle with key vocabulary associated with every day experiences and encounters, we endeavour to provide them with opportunities to encounter and apply vital vocabulary to enable them to engage with the varied curriculum on offer.


Our Key Objectives are focussed on diminishing the gap between these groups of children both within our school and against national standards.


The funding for pupil premium is distributed following a comprehensive analysis of individual needs through school tracking data, pupil progress meetings, internal monitoring and discussions with parents.


  • Support the core areas of Reading, Writing and Maths to break down the barriers to accessing the curriculum, resulting in improved attainment and value added progress.
  • To identify, using internal teacher assessments, where basic skills gaps exist for pupils and plan support to rapidly close the gap.
  • Eliminate any significant gaps between groups of learners
  • To give pupils the opportunities to work 1:1 or in small groups with an adult increasing their confidence and competence in basic skills, providing a bespoke curriculum where appropriate
  • To provide additional social and emotional support through small group or individual work to support peer relationships.

Children’s individual barriers to learning are identified by staff and form the basis of individualised ‘targets’ of learning which children work on in a specified time period.

Teachers and additional adults will work 1:1 or in small groups with children on their individual steps.

Barriers evaluated from 2017/2018 suggest children need a more detailed assessment system to support core areas in English and Maths and support for Pupil Premium/ disadvantaged pupil’s needs to continue to be explicit when planning, including where challenge needs to be provided. Benchmarking documents in Reading identify specific areas of weakness to address to accelerate progress. Reading Plus will be provide to pupils whose needs require increase in speed or comprehension skills.

Some children have been identified as having social and emotional barriers to learning so the extra allocation for these children will be spent on providing 1:1 and small group support in these areas with experienced upper pay scale teachers or trained teaching assistants.




Predicted outcome/measure

Support core areas of English and Maths to break down the barriers to accessing the curriculum, resulting in improved attainment and progress.

Direct additional teaching support

TA support in and out of class

1:1 and small group support

GAPS analysis wave 2 teaching implemented

Maths lead devise new school teaching support programme for Maths –

Create bespoke target setting in Writing

Half termly target setting analysis from assessment data

Small steps targets supported by PP lead and English/Maths lead


Analysis and assessments will show highlighted gaps in learning – no difference in % attainment for PP group’s vs non PP groups.

Higher percentage of PP children making rapid progress.

% of PP children achieving ARE in reading, writing and maths will be more in line non-PP groups.

To identify, using teacher assessments and test data, where basic skills / learning gaps exist for pupils and plan support to rapidly close the gap.

1:1 or small group

GAPS analysis wave 2 teaching

4 way differentiation based on GAPS analysis

UPS teacher supporting PP


Small steps targets completed against intended time frames.

Accelerated progress against gap analysis for PP pupils.

More able PP pupils with age related expectations

Pastoral support for venerable / disadvantaged pupils to ensure pupil well-being and greater access to learning

1:1 work with trained TAs to support social, Emotional and mental health needs of these pupils


The pupils are happier and more focused to learn with greater engagement.

Target children to access the reading plus program

Teacher to supervise the reading plus program with individual pupils


Children speed / fluency in reading is increased



The review date for pupil premium strategy is July 2019


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