Pupil Premium


What is Pupil Premium?

The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in April 2011 as an additional resources to main school funding, believing it to be the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FMS) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle pupils who are disadvantaged financially, and who need it most. The Pupil Premium is also awarded to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. There is also now Ever Six Funding, which is the same amount as Pupil Premium, this is allocated to all children of families who have qualified for Pupil Premium during the previous six years.


Guilsborough Primary School's Pupil Premium Strategy

Please see the hyperlink below for our detailed strategy:

Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-2017.pdf

Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-2017 May Update

Guilsborough Primary School has 16 pupils currently on Pupil Premium or Ever 6 funding, which equates to approximately 8.8% of pupils on roll.

There are a variety of strategies in place to support pupils, with most funding being directed towards one-to-one and additional Teaching Assistant support for disadvantaged pupils. In addition, we partly pay for our Pastoral Assistant from the funding.  We feel this strategy is of most benefit to our pupils as a concerted focus on key skills, alongside individualised pastoral support, will help pupils to thrive, both in school and in wider life as they mature.

Additional financial support is given to help parents pay for school trips and residential visits, to ensure disadvantaged pupils receive the same provision as other pupils, and to help raise their self-esteem. Funding is also provided for extra-curricular activities, such as music tuition, local football clubs and swimming booster weeks during half terms.

Our Allocation

2013 - 2014

The allocation for 2013-2014 financial year was £1,800 for our school and this money was spent as follows:


  • Provision of 1:1 Support with a Teaching Assitant and Art Therapist.
  • Contributions to out of school visits and residential trips.
  • Creative arts participation in Drumming lessons.
  • Additional resources to provide personalised learning.

2014 - 2015

In 2014-2015, the school received £10483 in Pupil Premium.  This was spent on:


  • Continuation of 1:1 support and Art Therapy, as these had been found to be very effective.
  • Purchase of specialist equipment, eg. iPads for the specified pupils to use in class.
  • Contributions to extra-curricular activities, in and out of school.
  • Contributions to school trips and residential visits.


2015 - 2016

In 2015-2016, we received £22,700 in Pupil Premium.  This was spent on:


  • Appointment of a Pastoral Assistant, to help and support all vulnerable pupils.  (9465)
  • Continuation of Art Therapy for one pupil.  (£1620)
  • Specialist behavioural support with a JOGO therapist, where appropriate.  (£689)
  • Educational Psychologist services, where appropriate.  (£415)
  • Purchase of additional specialist resources, eg. iPads, to be used in and out of school.  (£736)


  • Funding of school uniform, to help build self-esteem.  (£520)
  • Additional Teaching Assistant hours to provide focused individual, or small group, sessions as appropriate.   (£3000)
  • Contributions to school and class trips, including residential.  (£412)
  • Payment for extra-curricular activities, for those children who are eligible.  This includes clubs and tuition, in and out of school.  (£1281)
  • Payment of wraparound care, where appropriate.  (£162)
  • Payment for free school meals.  (4400)


2016 - 2017

In 2016-2017, our indicative budget is £22,440.  Alongside the regular payments that we now make (as detailed above), we are continuing to employ our Pastoral Assistant/Learning Mentor, whose presence has had a very positive impact on whole-school life.  The salary for this member of staff is being part-funded by our Pupil Premium monies, and she is working with a particular focus on our disadvantaged children, who may require more support either in or out of the classroom. 


Planned spending for Pupil Premium in 2016/2017. Estimated amount £22,400:



Planned Support

Teaching Staff


Individualised teacher sessions to provide focused support, for most able and less able disadvantaged pupils.

Teaching Assistants & Pastoral Assistant salary contributions


One-to-one and small group support, as identified to extend and support pupils.

Staff Training


Including individual JOGO training, Team Teach and mindfulness training booked, to help enrich pupils’ learning and social development.

Professional Services


SEN consultant support

JOGO behavioural support

Educational Psychologist referrals, if appropriate.

Residential Trips


We intend to fully fund this year, as attendance has proved so beneficial for all pupils to participate.

School Visits


Extra-curricular tuition


Extra-curricular activities, in and out of school, will be funded to help raise aspirations and pupils’ self-esteem.



To be identified, for individual and within class support.



The impact of our Pupil Premium on the specific pupils' attainment has been very pleasing to date. 


In Year 2, four pupils received Pupil Premium in 2014-2015, and achieved an average of 5+ points progress in Reading, which was similar to the progress made across the whole class.  In Maths, there was a similar picture with the children achieve 5 point progress across the year.

In Year 3, one pupil received Pupil Premium in 2014-2015, and achieved 6 points progress in Reading, which was above the class average, and 4 points progress in Maths.  This pupil is now receiving additional Maths support as this was slightly below the class average.

In Year 5, one pupil received Pupil Premium in 2014-2015, and made a 4 points progress in Reading and in Maths.  This was higher than the whole class progress.


With fairly small numbers of Pupil Premium children, it is slightly problematic to spot trends, and anomalies can seem more significant statistically than they perhaps actually are. 


Our tracking data for 2015-2016 shows the following outcomes for disadvantaged pupils:



On track to achieve age related expectations for end of key stage

Expected or better progress against individual starting point










Other outcomes:

It is harder to quantify other outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils, but actually there are many examples of the differences that our Pupil Premium funding has made, other than academically or by passing exams! These include:

  • Raised self-esteem of pupils in smart, new uniform.
  • Disadvantaged children enjoying a nutritious lunch on a daily basis.
  • Raised self-esteem of pupils who are now taking part in numerous extra-curricular activities, in and out of school.
  • Pupils now being able to swim who couldn't before.
  • Children being able to play a musical instrument, and perform in assemblies in front of the school with other children, to raise aspirations and additional respect from peers.
  • Children being able to speak on a one-to-one, or small group, basis with our Pastoral Worker, having the opportunity to discuss problems and finding solutions.  This is done in a very 'natural' and discrete way, so children are not singled out.  Indeed, other children also have these opportunities.
  • Children being able to enjoy residential trips, gaining independence and tackling new challenges.
  • Disadvantaged pupils enjoying additional resources in the classroom, such as targeted individual reading schemes.
  • Improved positive relationships with parents of disadvantaged pupils - we use a very discreet system to ensure children or their parents are not embarrassed by, for instance, submitting permission slips for school trips.