Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/18

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.


The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.


Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.


The Government believes that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), allocated per eligible pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.


Schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the funding. This is to ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.


Closing the attainment gap 

At Mattersey Primary School we have high expectations for all of our pupils, and believe that with great teaching, effective engagement with parents and a personalised approach to meet children’s individual needs, every child can fulfil their potential. Our interventions are adopted on a whole school basis and are not only restricted to pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium. However, some specific interventions have been made possible by allocating the Pupil Premium funding. Our strategies target the individualised needs of children, with the main aim being that these children do as well as children not eligible for the Pupil Premium, with similar starting points.


Funding is allocated within the school budget by financial year. This budget enables the school to plan its intervention and support programme. Expenditure is therefore planned and implemented by academic year as shown.


Allocated Amount 2017/2018: £17,160

This figure is comprised of Ever 6 Pupil Premium (pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the last 6 years), Post LAC (Looked After Children) pupils and LAC pupils.


Summary of the main barriers faced by eligible pupils:

  • Low attainment on entry to Primary School
  • Parents are not always able to access learning opportunities or engage with school requirements, so children miss learning opportunities
  • Learning is not consolidated at home – for example, sharing books with children is rare.


How the allocation will be spent:

Funding is allocated to initiatives which include:

  • Thrive
  • Achievement for All

And interventions which include:

  • Power of 2
  • Switch on Reading/Writing
  • Speed Up
  • Phonics support
  • Reading buddies
  • Key Skills booster
  • Spelling booster
  • Third Space Learning
  • Maths club


Raising Attainment Plans are created which include all children and specifically target children eligible for the Pupil Premium to ensure that these children receive targeted support which meets their needs.  This might include 1-1 intervention programmes for reading, writing or maths – and/or a Thrive action plan.

We also support children eligible for the Pupil Premium by facilitating their attendance at breakfast club, dedicated homework clubs, music tuition and day and residential visits.


How Impact will be measured:

Teachers will use Raising Attainment Plans to set targets based on FFT data for every child.  Progress is reviewed formally every half term and provision refined to meet the needs of all children.

End of Year standardised tests will also inform teacher assessment throughout the year

Review date - July 2018

Reporting will be the responsibility of the Head teacher.

Pupil Premium Summary 2016/17

The Pupil Premium is allocated funding for eligible children. The allocation for Mattersey Primary School in the financial year 16/17 was £15,840. Our focus for all children is on quality first teaching with timely and appropriate intervention. We have used some of the Pupil Premium budget to directly support individuals with additional interventions and the remaining part to subsidise whole-school initiatives which will impact directly on the education of children eligible for the Pupil Premium.

Our targeted funding was used in this way:

Name of Intervention

Funding Allocated          

Key skills boosters


Reading support (including switch-on, 1:1 boosters)


Foundation interventions


Spelling Booster and Handwriting


Maths Club


Maths focus group


Power of Two


Third Space Learning


Contributions to visits and healthy snacks


Thrive interventions

(contribution in addition to AFN funding)




Our whole-school training initiatives (contribution to collaboration total cost):

Name of Initiative


Achievement for All


THRIVE provision




Total Spending: £16,966

Impact: Due to small cohorts, the pupil data must be kept confidential as individuals might be identified.