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Pupil Premium

Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2016-17



Pupil Premium allocation, use and impact on attainment at Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary (2015-2016)

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is an amount of money allocated to schools through their budget based on the number of children in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). Each school allocates the grant to provide for the needs of its pupils with the aim of narrowing the gap between the progress and attainments of the lowest achieving children and the national expectations for their year group. The allocation of funds in each school will depend on the school context and the needs of individual children and groups of pupils. This means that there must be a flexible use of the money, that may result in money being allocated differently across schools as priorities may vary year on year. Free school meal cohorts at our school are very small and may include children with special educational needs.

What we expect to see

Targeted additional support strategies resulting in every student, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:

  • Improve their levels of attainment and progress
  • Close attainment gaps relative to school averages
  • Have full access to the curriculum
  • Access to out of school activities

We are doing this by:

  • Targeting specific groups of children, particularly those not yet achieving age related expectations by the use of early interventions across the school.
  • Improving quality first teaching for staff working with PPG children
  • Funding teaching assistant support time to enable specific interventions groups to run targeting literacy and numeracy.
  • Providing additional early morning teaching sessions.
  • Subsidising school trips to make them affordable for all - especially year 6 residential. 
  • To subsidise music tuition to make it affordable to all.

2015-2016 Allocation £11,720

In September 2015 we had 62 children on roll and 8% were eligible for PPG.  50% of our pupil premium students have SEN.  The money will be used to continue the above support. 

2014-2015 - SATs Results for our Year 6 Pupil Premium children

75% attained level 4+ in reading, writing, mathematics and SPAG 

50% achieved a level 5+ in reading

100% made expected progress from KS1 to KS2

75% made more than expected progress in reading

25% made more than expected progress in writing and maths

(RAISEonline summary Table 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 5.2.2, 5.2.4, 5.3.2)

Narrowing the attainment gap

The attainment gap measures the gap between pupils in receipt of pupil premium and those who are not eligible. 1.0 = approximately 1 term of learning.

In writing the pupils are working at -1.1 below age related expectations. Pupils entitled to pupil premium are achieving levels -5.3 behind those not entitled to pupil premium.

In reading the pupils are working at + 0.9 above age related expectations. Pupils entitled to pupil premium are achieving levels -4.5 behind those not entitled to pupil premium.

In maths the pupils are working at – 0.3 below age related expectations. Pupils entitled to pupil premium are achieving levels -5.3 behind those not entitled to pupil premium.

(RAISEonline summary Table 4.3.6)


Evaluation of the 2013/14 situation

The government allocates a specific pupil premium grant to every school, in 2013/14 this was distributed at £900 per Free School Meal (FSM) pupil, rising to £1,300 from 1st April 2014.

Qualifying pupils resulted in a grant of £6,612 for the academic year 2013/2014. This money was received in addition to the main school budget (the general annual grant).


This money was used to help fund teaching assistants in Upper and Lower Dart. The teaching assistants provide essential help for the children who have learning difficulties, or need more individual assistance, in the following ways:

They plan and deliver high quality phonics interventions every day, for individual children and small groups. These interventions include:

  • Devon Early Reading Scheme
  • Toe by Toe
  • Precision teaching
  • One to one reading help
  • Speech therapy

Teaching assistants also help deliver Guided Reading sessions and support small groups in the classroom.

The school purchased 4 Microsoft Surface Tablets and a series of reading books specifically for use by these children in class.

The school paid the full cost of the annual residential visit (£189 per child) for qualifying pupils in Year 5 & 6.

The school funded drumming lessons for two terms for a qualifying pupil.

The costs of chargeable after school clubs were paid for by the school for qualifying pupils.

Attainment of groups of children

Our pupil progress from year to year is based on children making at least three points progress. Pupil progress is carefully monitored through Pupil Tracker, where cohorts of targeted children can be tracked and evaluated.

As there is such a small number of pupils on Pupil Premium it would not be within the interests of them or the school to publish data relating to them.

Plans for 2014/2015 for pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals and Looked After Children (LAC)

In the Academic Year 2014/15 funding will be distributed at £1,300 per Free School Meal (FSM) pupil and £1,900 per Looked After Child (LAC).

The school expects to receive £14,800 for qualifying pupils. Pupil Premium money will be spent as follows:

  • To fund additional teaching assistant support to deliver specific intervention programmes planned and monitored by our SENCO and the child’s class teacher
  • The school will fully fund the annual residential visit for qualifying pupils in Year 5 & 6.
  • Where after school clubs are chargeable, the school will fund these for qualifying pupils.
  • To help provide the right resources to support children with special needs, such as learning difficulties and behavioural challenges.
  • Two laptops will be purchased, along with updated computer generated Special Needs programs. The cost for this, including the licences will be paid from Pupil Premium.