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What is Pupil Premium?


This is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to help improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.


Who can claim Pupil Premium?


Children whose families are in receipt of certain benefits as they are on a low income may qualify. Children who are fostered or adopted from care will qualify for the pupil premium as well as children whose parents are in the Forces.


Should I apply?


Yes! Your child will benefit directly from Pupil Premium if they are entitled to it. It will be paid directly to the school so that extra support can be put in place for them as necessary to help them achieve to their full potential. This could mean an extra 1-1 Teaching Assistant support for them, the cost of attending a club or being able to access the services of our family support worker.


How do I apply?


Please ask Mrs Cottrell or Mrs Cox in the office for a form. They will be happy to apply on your behalf if you wish.

Colebrook Infant Academy Pupil Premium Grant strategy

The Department for Education states clearly that Pupil Premium Grant must be used to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.


At Colebrook Infants we make sure that this happens by;

  • Giving responsibility for the spending of the Pupil Premium Grant to the Headteacher, Mrs Hodkinson, who champions the cause for any disadvantaged pupils.
  • Ensuring that the additional funding is used effectively to make sure that disadvantaged pupils make accelerated progress.

We do this by;

  • Knowing our individual children very well, identifying those who are disadvantaged and understanding what they can already do.
  • Having high expectations of all pupils.
  • Identifying any barriers to learning for individual pupils at risk of under achievement and finding ways to overcome these.
  • Committing to a happy and safe learning environment.
  • Being creative with staffing, teaching in small groups wherever possible and making effective use of our skilled and experienced team.
  • Teaching Year one and two separately in the mornings for English, Maths and Phonics.
  • Tracking the learning and progress of all pupils in English and Maths and putting in place extra help and support quickly where needed, to fill any gaps in learning.
  • Teaching our pupils to be confident, resilient learners with a can-do attitude.
  • Performance tables


KS1 performance of Pupil Premium pupils compared to the main cohort and other schools nationally at the end of

2017-18 academic year.

(pupils eligible for free school meals or in local authority care for at least six months)

Figures relate to 6 eligible pupils in Y2.


Main cohort

Achieving expected levels


6 Pupils in Y2 eligible for pupil premium in

2017-18 achieving expected levels

National figures

Pupil premium achieving expected levels

Y2 Reading




Y2 Writing




Y2 Maths





This table will be updated with end of 2019 figures when they become available.


How Pupil Premium Grant been spent this year:

Pupil premium grant (PPG) spending for the 2018-19 academic year

Total number of pupils on roll in 2018-19

143 (Autumn 2018)

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG in 2018.19

15 (variable)

Amount of PPG received per pupil

Funding per child for this year is £1320 for pupils who would be entitled to free school meals, £300 per child where parents serve in the armed forces or receive a military pension and £2,300 for children under a special guardianship order, care order or who have been adopted from care.


Total amount of PPG received




Summary of PPG spending for 2018-19

Objectives in spending PPG:

The key objective for 2018-19 was to ensure good progress and attainment in Reading Writing and Maths of those pupils eligible for pupil premium funding. The personal, social and emotional well-being of all our pupils is very important and we have prioritised social and emotional support for the disadvantaged children. Our emphasis was on maximising outcomes for all ability levels, ensuring that the more able disadvantaged children were supported to achieve their full potential as well as enabling those children who were underperforming to catch up.

Summary of spending and actions taken in 2018-19:

It was strongly felt that small group teaching and carefully targeted and bespoke early intervention with disadvantaged or vulnerable pupils was the way forward in raising the attainment of the pupil premium group as well as benefitting the rest of the pupils.

Staffing was deployed accordingly so that the mixed Y1/2 classes were taught Maths and English in separate, smaller lessons according to National Curriculum Year group.  £6,191 of PPG has been used to support this in the 2018-19 academic year.

Other initiatives – tailored to individual needs;

Involvement of the school leadership team in planning, budgeting and delivering interventions - £556.

Cost of a dedicated teacher for 4 weeks to support specific children in school - £2,112

Cost of the designated teacher for CLA (Head) to attend PEP meetings and LAC reviews, attend training and write PEPs - £398

Teachers and teaching assistants ran carefully planned and closely targeted intervention groups for phonics, Maths and Reading depending on the individual needs of the children. The HLTA was used to assess pupils before and after interventions to track progress. Some programmes were “off the shelf” eg better reading partners and some were bespoke and one-to-one.- £16,000

Admin and clerical costs for Pupil Premium - £986 including photocopying/resources

School trips/clubs paid for Pupil Premium children £181

Cost of providing milk for over 5s  - £15


Total  £26,439

Pupil Premium plans for 2019-20

Funding per child for this year (up until April 2020) is £1320 (after April 2019 this may change), £300 per child where parents serve in the armed forces or receive a military pension and £2,300 for “looked after” children and those adopted from care.

Numbers of pupil premium children in school are currently 11.  Our total number of children in school is 138.

Our pupil premium funding estimate is £17,983 for this current academic year up until August 2020.  

We plan to use this flexibly and to customise the support according to children’s individual needs. We will continue to teach Maths and English in smaller lessons in the mornings, according to children’s year group. We will provide teaching assistants in all classes to work with individuals on carefully planned and individually tailored intervention support in the afternoons as this worked so well last year. For example, one-to-one phonics programmes and a reading intervention programme “Better Reading Partners” as well as bespoke programmes to teach resilience, confidence building and risk taking. We will continue to offer extra support to the more able disadvantaged as well as those who are catching up.

We will use it to buy in the services of a Family Support Advisor who will work with families as necessary.

We will fund school trips and clubs for qualifying pupils where appropriate.