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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to all schools for children of statutory school age from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non- mainstream settings. This also applies to children who at any time over the last 6 years have been eligible for FSM.  In addition it applies to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, to adopted children and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

From 2011 the number of grants available to schools was considerably reduced and as such the overall budget was also less. The Pupil Premium funding enables the school to maintain a high level of support in a number of established areas that support all of our school community and, in particular, our vulnerable families. Pupil Premium funding varies from year to year according to the number of FSM.  It is crucial that parents entitled to FSM register there children and notify the school if any of the other criteria noted above applies to them.
Schools are free to allocate the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we are held accountable for how we use this additional funding.

de Vere uses the funding aiming to prevent any barriers to learning for our disadvantaged families by providing equal access to a range of resources to support learning and emotional well-being.  

We recognise the need to use cognitive teaching approaches and one such method is the use of Growth Mindset across the school which encourages the child to concentrate on how they have attempted a task, rather than concentrate on the success of the task itself.  There is also a need to develop higher order thinking skills, such as the analysis needed for reading comprehension and funding has been used to buy into the Accelerated Reader scheme which supports this.  Basic skills also need embedding, especially for maths and spelling, and so subscriptions to the online resources of Mathletics and Spellodrome are used to support this.  

We also recognise the need for emotional welfare and support and as such, we buy into the services offered by the Family and Schools Together Team (FAST Team) who can provide relationship expertise for both adults and children, for example counselling for children who are having difficulties following a marital break-up or general parenting advice, in order to make children’s relationships more stable.  

Funding is also used to ensure equality with school trips, in particular the residential trip offered to Year 6 children.

Pupil Premium 2016-17 Total amount £31980.00 (£7,500 c/f in addition).

2017 Key Stage 2 SATs Results

The percentage of children achieving the required standard in READING and WRITING and MATHS







(Teacher assessment)




The percentage of children achieving a high standard in READING and WRITING and MATHS







(Teacher assessed at greater depth)




The pupils’ average progress in READING based on  of the cohort from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2



The pupils’ average progress in WRITING based on  of the cohort from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2



The pupils’ average progress in MATHS based on  of the cohort from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2



Average scaled score in READING Key Stage 2 SATs




National average scaled score in MATHS Key Stage 2 SATs




These results were as a result of this Pupil Premium spending for 2016-2017:

  • Commitment to the Colne Valley Consortium’s support of the FAST team, sharing in the financial commitment to provide emotional welfare support for pupils and their families
  • Speech and Language provision through Let’s Talk, with assessments and training provided for all staff
  • Maths Intervention via Mathletics
  • Reading intervention via Accelerated Reader – PPG pupils identified for extra support and monitoring of progress (dedicated LSA)
  • Purchase of additional books within the Accelerated Reader scheme to support and engage PPG readers
  • Spelling intervention via Spellodrome
  • Enhancing provision of Computing resources by providing class laptops
  • Provision of additional professional development to enhance good and outstanding teaching
  • Purchase of pen stamps for giving housepoints
  • Emotional First Aid offering support such as Friendship Groups and additional resources 
  • Positive, Assertive and Confidence Skills training for Year 6 pupils as help with transition to Year 7
  • Focussed One to One support through precision monitoring
  • Learning Support Assistants –at least 1 in each class daily to provide support
  • Small support groups led by class teachers and learning support assistants
  • A wide range of school clubs run by class teachers and learning support assistants
  • Enrichment of the Curriculum through themed days
  • Provision of the Breakfast Club 
  • Subsidies on visits/trips/swimming/paid clubs
  • Peer reading groups

Please find below a breakdown of Pupil Premium spending for 2017-2018:

  • To narrow the gap in attainment and progress for Key Stage 2 pupils in all areas of the curriculum
  • To improve the quality of teaching and learning across the school (100% good or better)
  • To ensure all pupils have equal opportunity to improve their reading skills
  • To increase the number of pupils targeted for a variety of intervention work including basic skills (precision monitoring)
  • To improve access to the curriculum for particular pupils, especially in terms of digital learning
  • To provide emotional and behavioural support to children and their families
  • To ensure all pupils have equal access to the enrichment elements of the curriculum
  • To facilitate pupils’ participation in homework activities
  • To improve attendance of pupils
  • To continue to support Breakfast Club
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