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Pupil Premium Spending at St Mark’s CE Primary School


The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to schools and local authorities for the financial year beginning 1 April 2016. PPG provides funding for two policies:

  • raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces


The Government believes that the PPG, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.” DfE (2012)


Our processes and procedures are reviewed annually to ensure the effective spending of the grant, taking account of the latest guidance and advice, ensuring that the core purpose of the grant is to raise the attainment of eligible pupils.


Recent DfE advice, published on education advice website The Key states that “the grant can be spent as each school sees fit, as long as it is used to demonstrably improve the attainment of eligible pupils. Schools do not need to spend an equal amount on each pupil, or use the money for interventions that benefit only eligible pupils.”


At St Mark’s School we have noticed, through careful assessment and tracking of progress, that FSM entitlement (and therefore award of PPG), is not necessarily an indicator that attainment will be different from other children in the cohort. In fact, some of our PPG-eligible children are amongst our more able children. In line with the aims of the provision where attainment is not at risk, we will seek to give extension support to further pupil achievement and, where appropriate, may consider alternative or additional activities to enrich their education, allocating spending based on individual circumstances, giving due consideration to parental requests.


The PPG per pupil for 2016 to 2017 is as follows:


Disadvantaged pupils:

£1,320 - Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM

£1,900 - Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority

£1,900 - Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


Service children:

£300 - Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 5 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence



Ever 6 FSM

The pupil premium for 2016 to 2017 will include pupils recorded in the January 2016 school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) since May 2010, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2016.

Children adopted from care or who have left care

The pupil premium for 2016 to 2017 will include pupils recorded in the January 2016 school census and alternative provision census who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.

Ever 6 service child

For the purposes of these grant conditions, ever 6 service child means a pupil recorded in the January 2016 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2011 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2016 school census.

The grant will be allocated as set out in sections 4, 5 and 6 below. Where national curriculum year groups do not apply to a pupil, the pupil will attract PPG if aged 4 to 15 as recorded in the January 2016 school census.


 Pupil Premium Grant allocation – 2016/17 academic year


Overview of school Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received

Total number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG (at Nov 2016)


LAC or Post-LAC


Service Premium


Total amount of PPG anticipated for Academic Year 2016/17




How we will spend the Pupil Premium Grant in 2016/17

The nature of support for the academic year 2016/17 will be similar to 2015/16. Primarily we will use this funding to facilitate high quality small group support for specifically identified areas of need to address barriers to learning and areas of misconception as well as providing ELSA and nurture support. This support is provided by skilled Teaching Assistants and Teachers employed by the school. It may take the form of additional support through small group work within the lesson or as additional support at another time of day. This year, we have continued to provide additional teaching provision for one and a half days per week. This is used to provide additional intervention support and provide an additional teacher to support for class teaching, shared across the school.


For the first time this year, we are offering an expanded, full-time nurture provision with two trained Nurture Teaching Assistants running a range of intervention support across the week.


We anticipate spending £64,700 on human resources to support learning and closing the gaps.


We will continue to use the funding to support part-funding of trips, before and after school clubs, uniform and activities such as horse care, where appropriate. We have budgeted £12,000 for this.


Details of spending for the academic year 2016/17 will be published following the publication of our 2016/17 audited accounts.



 Pupil Premium Grant Spending – 2015/16 academic year

(Period 1/12/15 – 31/8/16; post-academy conversion)


 Overview of the school Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received

Total number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG


LAC or Post-LAC


Service Premium


Total amount of PPG received for Ac. Year 2015/16

(Period 1/12/15 – 31/8/16; post-academy conversion and resource allocation adjustment)





Details of spending in 2015/16

 Nature of support 2015/16

A significant amount of funding (is used to ensure that every classroom across the school benefits from a Teaching Assistant for at least the morning sessions. This facilitates additional support and interventions.

Small group support from teaching assistants(KS1-2)

1:1 support from teaching assistants (KS2)

Small-group tuition from an experienced teacher (KS2 & KS2)

Nurture Group support (EYFS, KS1)


We spent £51089.12 on human resources to support learning and closing the gaps.


Part funding of:

Trips, before and after school clubs and activities, uniform, horse care & resources £1344.88




Curriculum focus of PPG spending 2015/16

Supporting pupils in mathematics, with a focus on ‘mental maths’ number work. Particularly supporting girls in maths.

Supporting pupils in Reading (in KS1 supporting phonics and KS2 interventions such as ‘Progress with Quest’)

Supporting pupils in Writing – particularly boys (in KS2 interventions such as ‘Support for Spelling)

Impact of PPG spending

At KS2:

Disadvantaged pupils achieved 3% better than the national average for that group in Reading, Writing and Maths combined and 10% better than the national average for that group in Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation tests.

Progress in reading -2.2 (National Average -6.8 to 2.4)

Progress in writing -1.3 (National Average -6 to 3.4)

Progress in maths -1.5 (National Average -5.5 to 2.5)


80% of Disadvantaged pupils achieved the required standard in phonics, compare 70% national figure for that group.



Last updated:

16th December 2016