Pupil Premuim

 Pupil Premium Grant 2018-2019

The pupil premium (PP) is additional funding given directly to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish the gap, where there is one, between these children and their peers. It is also designed to provide additional support for children of service families.

Pupils are eligible for the pupil premium if they are registered for free school meals and the funding remains with them for six years from the first period of entitlement. (Ever 6 FSM)

Pupils who have been or are in care are also entitled to funding. Children will also be eligible who were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005 or who left care under:

    • a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005
    • a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991

For 2018-2019 the amount allocated per primary age pupil is:

o    Ever 6 FSM - £1,320

o    Looked-after children (LAC) - £2,300

o    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 - £2,300

o    Service children - £300

For 2018-2019, The Vineyard predicts a PP funding of £ £54,260 but this is subject to mobility.

 We, together with many other schools, make informed use of this funding following careful analysis of the particular needs of the children eligible for the pupil premium. We also pay attention to the good practice guidance published by the Department of Education where impact of the funding nationally is regularly reviewed.

Our aim is to focus support through these financial resources on particular areas, in order to ensure that attainment gaps and holistic outcomes for pupils are being constantly and effectively addressed.

Currently, our needs analysis for this group of pupils highlights some key barriers to attainment. This means that many but not all pupils eligible for PP funding require support in one or more of the following areas:

o    Special educational needs – 27% of pupils eligible for PP are also deemed to have special educational needs where the figure is 7% for all pupils

o    Punctuality, which directly impacts both access to the first quality teaching for core subjects and readiness to learn.

o    Challenging behaviours for a small number of pupils eligible for PP across the school that are likely to be linked to early life experience.

To do our best to meet the identified needs and support these children and families, The Vineyard has used the PP funding for 2018-2019 to supply the following targeted interventions. These spending decisions have been made in line with research evidence of current good practice in impacting outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. More information on this can be found here https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence-summaries/teaching-learning-toolkit

We are focusing on:

o    Funding of a well-being practitioner from the Child & Mental Health Service to be in school once a week to offer support for parents with managing children‘s anxiety & challenging behaviour. Priority is given to families where pupils are eligible for PP

o    Provision of a homework club with priority given to key pupils

o    Additional time and opportunities for parents to access in-school support and advice

o    Attendance for key staff at targeted training aimed at supporting children who have had experience of the care system

o    Staff attendance at key multi agency meetings to support vulnerable pupils

o    Additional funding to support the access to the educational psychology service that is often required by pupils eligible for PP

o    Some funding of wrap around care to support punctuality and attendance

o    Release staff to support attendance at activities and experiences offered by the wider community to pupils in receipt of PP

o    Release a member of staff to be trained to deliver parenting workshops within school which will be available for parents to access from January 2019

o    Release and training costs for a second member of staff to become a qualified emotional literacy assistant

The impact of the funding decisions will be measured in both summative and formative ways:

o    Data on both pupils’ attainment and progress will be monitored termly via progress meetings and reviewed overall at the end of the academic year. The intended outcome is that the majority of pupils eligible for PP funding will have made 6 steps of progress in reading, writing and maths.

o    Data on punctuality will be reviewed termly; where pupils are particularly at risk of poor punctuality, individualised approaches and responses will be implemented, together with more frequent monitoring. The intended outcome is that the frequency of late attendance for pupils eligible for PP funding will be more in line with figures for all pupils.

o    Attendance at homework club and links to success with home learning tasks will be monitored

o    Evaluation of targeted training to be completed by staff; has this made an impact on staff confidence?

o    Decrease in incidence of challenging behaviour and /or time away from class for pupils eligible for PP funding

o    Engagement and attendance of key families at school information and consultation events



The impact of The Vineyard School’s Pupil Premium strategy 2018-2019 will be reviewed during the summer term 2019 in order to inform the approach for 2019-2020. The review will encompass analysis of the impact on all pupils, not only those eligible for the funding. This is in order to assess the wider effect on the school community of improving behaviour, attendance and attainment and also to acknowledge that some services such as the well-being practitioner will reach a wider group than this cohort.

In 2017-2018 The Vineyard used it’s allocation of PP funding to support the following:

o    Bursaries for extra curricular activities and trips and support for school journey

o    Staffing of additional teacher hours directed at supporting key children to narrow the gaps in their attainment within English and maths

o    Additional teaching assistant support for learners eligible for PP who also have special educational and/or social/ emotional needs

o    Additional time and opportunities for parents to access in-school support and advice

o    Access to the educational psychologist

o    Provision of a homework club with priority given to key pupils

The attainment outcomes   2017-2018  


In 2017-2018:

·         59% of pupils eligible for PP achieved or exceeded the expected level for reading

·         48% of pupils eligible for PP achieved the expected level for writing

·         52 % of pupils eligible for PP achieved the expected level for maths

41% of pupils eligible for PP achieved the expected level in all three levels