Pupil Premium Funding

What is it?

The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who have registered for a free school meal at any point in the last 6 years, children that are in care or adopted and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Why has it been introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium and the impact it is having.

For the academic year September 2015 to July 2016 Gayton received £106920 of Pupil Premium funding. For the academic year September 2016 to July 2017, Gayton will receive £93720. 19.7% of children in school are eligible for the grant this year.

Review of 2015-16 Spending

  • Funding of hours for children to work with the Digital Media Technician to develop langauage acquistion and writing for purpose
  • Funding of additional Teaching Assistant hours to boost low attaining pupils
  • Funding an additional teacher to release the Deputy and Assistant Headteachers to drive raising attainment
  • Funding of Mathletics and Homework Clubs to support children whose parents struggle to support them at home
  • Funding of additional support for individual children to meet specific needs, e.g. sports clubs, music lessons, providing breakfast, contributing towards the cost of residential trips, support from pastoral teams such as Derby County and Illuminate
  • Behaviour support from an additional Learning Mentor
  • Funding aspects of passport experiences to widen pupils’ out of school learning opportunities

Barriers to Educational Achievement

The staff consider the following aspects to be the most significant barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at Gayton Junior School:

  • Low self-esteem and aspirations
  • Limited language acquistion
  • Low attainment in reading
  • Lack of access to online resources
  • Limited extra-curricular experiences and out of school learning opportunities/life experiences
  • Homework often incomplete or a poor standard

How Do We Aim to Address These Barriers in 2016-17?

All children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding will be given a Pupil Premium Pack containing:

  • School uniform and PE kit to improve self-esteem
  • Kindles, Book Fair Vouchers and a Subscription to First News to boost reading attainment
  • Stationary to support children doing their homework
  • All trips paid for to boost extra-curricular and life experiences

Additonal spending will include:

  • Funding of additional hours for children to work with the Digital Media Technician to develop langauage acquistion and writing for purpose
  • Teaching Assistant hours to run Mathletics and Homework Clubs to provide access to online resources and support with homework tasks
  • Funding of additional Teaching Assitant hours to run Booster Sessions in phonics and reading to raise attainment standards in reading
  • Funding for our HLTA to work three mornings in Year 6 with children to boost attainment of more able children
  • Funding for our HLTA to boost in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 to support with language acquisition and spelling
  • CPD funding to continue to support staff to deliver Quality First Teaching – particularly in reading to boost attainment levels

How We Will Monitor Impact

  • End of term teacher assessments to measure the gap in attainment between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged children
  • Discussions with staff in Pupil Progress Meetings
  • Questionnaires for staff, pupils and parents
  • Assessments before and after booster programmes


Staff and the Pupil Premium Governor will review the spending of the Pupil Premium grant at the end of each academic year, with termly monitoring and adjustment/reallocation of spending by the Senior Leadership Team in response to termly assessments and Pupil Progress Meetings.

2015-16 Year 6 Assessment Data for Disadvantaged Children

Reading Writing Maths GAPS Combined RWM
Percentage of Pupils Working at Expected Level+ Disadvantaged 52% 88% 80% 64% 44%
Non-disadvantaged 68% 98% 85% 88% 59%
In-school Gap 16% 10% 5% 24% 15%
National Average – all children 66% 75% 70% 72% 53%
Average Scaled Score Disadvantaged 101  – 101.9 102.4  –
Non-disadvantaged 103.5  – 104.9 106.2  –
In-school Gap 2.5  – 3 2.8  –
Percentage of Pupils Working at Greater Depth Disadvantaged 16% 20% 4% 16% 4%
Non-disadvantaged 21% 44% 30% 29% 9%
In-school Gap 5% 24% 26% 13% 5%
National Average – all children 19% 15% 17% 23% 5%
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