Pupil Premium Funding

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools for pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been at any point in the last six years.

Historically, there is a nationally trend of under-performance of children eligible for free school meals. The main purpose of Pupil Premium funding is to close the gap in attainment between these children and their peers, raising aspirations and helping them to reach their full potential.

For the current academic year the allocation is £1320 per pupil, or £1,900 per child for children who have been looked after by the local authority, or adopted from care. For children whose parents serve in the armed forces, or have left since 2011 an allocation of £300 is given.

At Lakeside Primary aim to narrow the disadvantage gap by using the pupil premium to address inequalities and raise the attainment of these children through targeted support strategies, linked to school improvement priorities, resulting in every pupil, irrespective of their background, being able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
  • Have full access to the curriculum
  • Access extra-curricular provision

To ensure we achieve this our team strategically plan by:

  • Monitoring and tracking the progress of all children and using the information to inform our teaching and learning and our use of a range of intervention strategies.
  • Regularly reviewing our provision and delegating resources to allow leaders to target resources effectively.

How are we using our Pupil Premium Funding this year?

At Lakeside we support 44 children through our Pupil Premium Grant –Click here to see  each year’s breakdown. The Government gives all schools the discretion to use the funding in the best way to meet the individual needs of their pupils.

This year we plan to:

  • Continue to employ an H.L.T.A. as Learning Mentor to support the learning of the Pupil Premium children across the school.
  • Continue to hold half termly Pupil Progress meetings to review progress of all children in each class and identify any barriers to learning.
  • Development of Guided Reading across school, investment in new resources.
  • Introduce IRIS, a developmental teaching and learning tool, aimed at improving the quality of Wave 1 teaching through coaching, mentoring and analysis.
  • Host termly coffee mornings, to raise awareness of opportunities on offer and forge effective working links with our Pupil Premium parents.
  • Work closely with our cluster and Local Authority colleagues to rigorously evaluate the impact of our work.
  • Continue to promote the Children’s University scheme, providing opportunities to all Pupil Premium children to enhance their learning and broaden their knowledge of the wider world.
  • Employ additional teaching and support staff to deliver specialist 1:1 and small group interventions in KS1 and 2.
  • Continue to monitor whole school attendance and follow up all absences.
  • Introduce Peer Tutoring through Coaching for Progress. Pupils learn to develop and improve self-awareness and take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Continue to run a homework club for KS2.
  • Provide financial support if necessary to enable Pupil Premium children to participate in educational trips and visits.

How will we measure the impact?

  • We will annually review our statement in response to the impact this support/these opportunities has/have, and in response to any research which details further opportunities for the children of Lakeside primary School. Due to the relatively small size of our Pupil Premium cohort the data can be volatile however we will;
  • Through appraisals, we will continue to performance manage our Pupil premium Learning Mentor, against objectives set.
  • We will continue to monitor and track the progress of pupil premium children through Pupil Progress meeting and Class Action Plans. This will inform decisions about interventions and future provision.
  • We will track the attendance of the Pupil Premium children and intervene if necessary.
  • We will closely monitor the books of our Pupil Premium children.
  • We will keep a record of the attendance at Childrens University events and clubs.
  • We will gather comments and feedback from our parents detailing the impact on their children.
  • All children involved in Peer Tutoring will be given the opportunity, through ‘Pupil Voice’ to feedback and further develop the scheme. Data from end of Key stage assessments will also be used to evaluate the impact of the Pupil Premium.

How can parents and carers contribute to the success?

  • If your child is eligible for free school meals. It is worth registering them even if they’re not going to have the school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding and will maximize the support we can provide.
  • Parental support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. If you would like help or advice with supporting your child, please contact Karen Reynolds who is leading pupil premium provision either in person or on 01904 691473.
  • With the government’s new initiative providing free school meals for all children in EYFS and KS1, it is still important to register your eligibility for FSM in order to trigger Pupil Premium funding.

What was the impact?


Click to see our attendance


  • In 2014/15 90% of Year 1 children passed the phonics screening test (National Average 77%) with 50% of the PPC passing the phonics screening (2 out of 4). Those PPC not achieving the required pass rate (2) had special educational needs which the school continues to support.


  • At KS1 in 2015 the APS of the PPC in all subjects was 13.5 which was significantly improved on 2013 (11.3) and 2014 (11.4).
  • In 2015 80% of disadvantaged pupils attained a level 2 or above in Reading which was a significant improvement on the previous two years 50% in 2013 and 56% in 2014.
  • In 2015 20% of disadvantaged pupils attained a level 3 in Reading and Maths, which again was a significant improvement on the previous two years; 0% in both 2013 and 2014.


  • In 2015 100% of PPC made the expected progress in reading, writing and maths from all KS1 levels.


  • 100% of PPC whose KS1 attainment was level 1 made more than expected progress.
  • 67% of PPC whose KS1 attainment was level 2 made more than expected progress.


  • 100% of PPC whose KS1 attainment was level 1 made more than expected progress.


  • 100% of PPC whose KS1 attainment was level 1 made more than expected progress.
  • 50% of PPC whose KS1 attainment was level 2 made more than expected progress.

In each case these figures are above national figures, sometimes significantly.

Value Added / progress

  • The Value Added to our disadvantaged pupils in 2015 was 102 in maths, above other pupils at 100.3.
  • The Value Added to our disadvantaged pupils in 2015 was 101.3 in Reading, above other pupils at 100.4.
  • The Value Added to our disadvantaged pupils in 2015 was 101.8 in writing, above other pupils at 100.3.
  •  For all subjects the Value Added has seen a 3 year incline from 97.2 in 2013, 100.7 in 2014 to 101.8 in 2015.

These figures represent good progress made by our disadvantaged pupils.

Find out more

Click here to see our Pupil Premium for 2014/2015