Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium and what is it for?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities, and to close the gaps between them and their peers. At Red Hill Field Primary School we aim to deploy the Pupil Premium funding to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential regardless of their social situation.Sir John Dunford (former Pupil Premium Champion for the Government) states:

Underpinning the process, schools should focus on the quality of teaching. There is solid evidence that poor teaching disproportionately disadvantages deprived children. Equally, evidence tells us that excellent teaching disproportionately benefits them. So high quality teaching must be at the core of all pupil premium work. It follows that it is legitimate to spend PP funding on raising the quality of teaching.

Despite what many think, this is not an individualised budget and each school should decide how the money is spent.


Pupil Premium at Red Hill Field - The Numbers

• 27 children attracted Pupil Premium funding based on the January 2016 census data.

• This is 9.5% (cf 25.2% nationally known to be eligible for FSM)

• Total Pupil Premium income in 2016/17 was £42,660

• 52% of children in receipt of PP are on the SEND register. A further 19% are being monitored as a result of needs identified in Pupil Progress Meetings.

• 26% of children in receipt of PP have low attendance (of these children, 57% have improved attendance compared to last year)


How has Pupil Premium funding been used this year?

Having identified the barriers to learning for many of our disadvantaged children, we have invested a significant amount of our PP funding into creating a wellbeing and inclusion team. A significant amount of last year’s money was also used to purchase our new maths scheme – standardised assessment indicates that this is having a significant impact on progress (GL Data) We have continued to fund wider opportunities but we are still considering the impact on some of these activities in terms of ‘closing the gap’


Spending breakdown 2016/17

Area of Expenditure


Wellbeing and Inclusion team


Staff Training


Wellbeing and Inclusion facility


Materials to support the curriculum


Activities and opportunities to promote learning and wellbeing (Music lessons, play therapy, cooking club, milk, etc.)


Support for Educational Trips and Visits





What is changing?

We are laying the groundwork for children’s long term mental health and wellbeing. Without getting this right, academic progress is, at best, difficult. The impact is significant but hard to measure in the short term We want to raise the ‘universal offer’ for all pupils and are initiating pupil progress meetings to assess how the needs of pupils are being met. Provision mapping across school can monitor the progress of pupils at risk of underachievement and helps us to target support accordingly  


What are our plans for 2017/18?

• Continue to fund the wellbeing and inclusion team

• Continue to target individual children and groups (linked to assessment data) in order to continue to ‘close the gap’

• Fund resources and training to target underachievement in reading and writing

• Implement the principles and expectations of the ‘Red Hill Field Experience’ to ensure the best quality teaching for all children

• Continue to monitor the impact and effectiveness of ‘closing the gap’ strategies


You can also view our Pupil Premium Policy here.