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Pupil Premium

This is funding allocated by central government in order to benefit disadvantaged pupils.  The funding is allocated towards the education of pupils who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years.  Looked After Children (children in care), who have been in care for at least 6 months are also eligible, as are service children (children who have a parent in the armed forces).  Funding in the past has been used for several areas of support.

Ambition for all pupils notably those in receipt of pupil premium

  • That all children make good to better progress.
  • All children feel safe and have the emotional ability and resilience to cope with the demands and high  expectations of school.
  • That parents and carers support their child's education.
  • That children attend school regularly and arrive at school on time.
  • That children have access to a rich variety of experiences.
  • That children have high aspirations and expectations.

Desired outcome

  1. PP eligible pupils to perform at least as well as National in Literacy and Numeracy  so that they can fully engage in all areas of the curriculum.
  2. Attendance percentage to increase by 1 percent.
  3. To close the cultural gap – children have a rich variety of experiences and engage with a variety of aspirational role models. Children complete Arts Mark in Music and 4 pupils pass grade 1 Music theory.  All children have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.
  4. That social,emotional physical, mental or emotional issues are not a barrier to learning and that these children achieve good or better than National average in Reading, Writing and Maths across the Curriculum.

Barriers to Learning

  1. Some parents needing support with parenting
  2. Employed parents are often in low pay, unsocial hours jobs
  3. Inadequate housing
  4. Lack of local resources and safe areas for play
  5. Pupils enter school well below an expected level of development
  6. Language and Communication and Numeracy are identified as early indicators of need
  7. Low level of parent involvement in pupils education
  8. Limited access to language
  9. Limited access to quality interaction – greater interaction with online material
  10. Poverty, lack of work, low wages – nourishment (Canklow is in the top 1% of multiple health deprivation and continues to be the most deprived area of Rotherham) Indices of deprivation 2015
  11. Sense of insecurity and threat in the local environment experienced by the majority of children (Children’s questionnaire)
  12. Low aspirations and expectations within the community
  13. Narrow experience of life outside school e.g. visits to museums, art gallery, library for example
  14. Family disruption, conflict and/or chaos within the unit
  15. Poor health and limited life expectancy
  16. Increasing levels of NEET (Not in education, employment or training for young people) in area which impacts upon the above.



  1. Attendance at progress meetings, involvement with homework
  2. Evidence from Indices of Deprivation 2015, Early Excellence baseline results, entry 2 year old assessment, pupil questionnaire 20, attendance at parent’s meetings.

How we have used Pupil premium 2012-13 

The pupil premium allocation for this period - £70,000

  • Employing an extra teaching assistant in Year 1 to support KS1 development
  • Employing a Reading Recovery teacher for Key Stage 1 for early reading intervention
  • Extra staffing in Foundation Stage to support early development
  • Extra staffing in two year old provision to support child with specific need
  • Numeracy Intervention Programme training for TA and a class teacher - Numbers Count in Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 and Success in Arithmetic.  Programmes designed for children whose misconceptions within Numeracy are holding back progress
  • The purchase of iPads – to ensure that children have access to and gain familiarity with the latest IT equipment
  • Funding of the Educational Psychologist and Learning Support Teacher to support vulnerable children and their families
  • Supporting Looked After Children (in school support and support from outside agencies
  • Speech and Language Therapy Specialist Programme offered by fully trained specialists – particularly focussing on Early Years but available to all children
  • Free Breakfast Club provision
  • Free before and after school provision
  • Heavily funded day and residential visits
  • Provision of PE kit
  • Free music lessons and loan of instruments for every child in Key Stage 2
  • Provision of Art Specialist Teacher
  • Fair Share – to support families in need
  • Employing two Learning Mentors to support vulnerable children 


How we have used Pupil Premium 2013-14 

The Pupil Premium allocation for this period - £125,515

Continuation of the above and further development:

  • To provide additional support to the First Steps, our two year old provision
  • Maintenance of current staffing levels so that children are closely supported within their classroom and during targeted interventions
  • ‘Better Reading Training’ for TAs and 1 member of teaching staff to improve the comprehension skills of children falling just below national average – Key Stages 1 to 2.  Groups of children targeted
  • Employment of a TA to Foundation Stage to assist with early development
  • ‘Attendance and Punctuality Initiative’ designed to support those children who experience difficulty attending school regularly and/or on time
  • Reciprocal Reading training for all Key Stage 2 staff so that development of comprehension skills can be embedded into practice
  • To offer, free of charge, a cooking and healthy eating programme to parents and families
  • Develop the internal environment of a recently built intervention room so that quality nurturing work can be developed.  This area includes cooking facilities
  • The school has purchased an online ebook library for children to access at home


How we have used Pupil Premium 2014-15

The Pupil Premium allocation for this period - £162,500

175 pupils on roll     130 pupils eligible for pupil premium (71.4)

Impact of 2014-15 Pupil Premium Money

  • Pupil Premium children and non PP children made good to better progress in SATs
  • 2 children pass Music theory Grade 1
  • 16 children learnt to play flute, clarinet or percussion
  • 30 pupils achieve Foundation Arts Mark
  • Data from Early Excellence baseline indicated that the children entered the Foundation Stage well below National Expectations in most areas.  By the end of the Foundation stage 73.3% of the children achieved a good level of development, which was the national average of 66%
  • By the end of Key Stage 1 outcomes in Reading were above National Average at level 2+ and 3+.  In Writing outcomes were above National Expectations at all levels.  Finally outcomes at level 2+ and 2b+ were above National Expectations.  Pupil Premium children performed as well as non PP children
  • At Key Stage 2 the SATs results indicated that outcomes were above National averages in Reading at levels 4 and 5.  Outcomes in Writing were above National Expectation at level 4.  Outcomes in Mathematics were consistently above National Expectations at all levels.  Outcomes in SPAG were above National Expectations at level 5.


How we have used Pupil Premium 2015-16

The Pupil Premium allocation for this period - £179,520

199 pupils on roll       136 pupils eligible for pupil premium (68.3)

  • Additional TA’s particularly in Early Years
  • Staff training (Read Write Inc.)
  • Support for school visits
  • School uniform
  • Music specialist and Music lessons – Exam payment
  • Art specialist
  • Christmas gift – Book at Christmas
  • Pencil case and materials for Comp (Year 6)
  • Text messaging for parents
  • Parent engagement sessions
  • Cooking sessions for parent’s, carers and their children
  • Online ebooks and other applications accessible from home


Current Strategy

  • Additional TA’s particularly in Early Years
  • Staff training (Read Write Inc. and Reciprocal Reading)
  • Support for school visits
  • School uniform
  • Music specialist and Music lessons – Exam payment
  • Art specialist
  • Christmas gift – Book at Christmas
  • Pencil case and materials for Comp (Year 6)
  • Text messaging for parents
  • Parent engagement sessions
  • Cooking sessions for parent’s, carers and their children
  • Online ebooks and other applications accessible from home
  • SMSA training and playground equipment


Impact of previous year spending

  • EYFS
  • Key Stage 1 results
  • Key Stage 2 results
  • All classes have access to additional TA’s to support learning
  • All year 5 pupils successfully achieved Arts Mark Foundation Certificate
  • 2 year 6 pupils achieved Grade 1 Music theory
  • Mr Naisbet (Head of Oakwood Secondary School) described our year 6 pupils as fitting in well with children from other feeder schools.  They cope well with the transition and are ready to learn
  • Children have knowledge of a wide variety of places in England.  Are confident in Art, Languages and PE
  • Parents are attending Curriculum engagement and cookery sessions.