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PPG Funding 2019-20

In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, primary schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in Reception to Year 6

Schools will receive £2,300 for any pupil:

  • identified in the January 2019 school census  as having left local authority care as a result of:

adoption or a special guardianship order

a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)

  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

The funding for pupils who are looked after by a local authority, and attract the £2,300 rate, is managed by the virtual school head of the local authority that looks after the pupil.


There is also £300 for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups Reception to year 11 who is either Ever 6 service child FTE or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)

For 2019-2020, The Vineyard predicts a PP funding of approximately £47,000 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:

  • Special educational needs – 34% of pupils eligible for PP are also deemed to have special educational needs where the figure is 5% for all pupils
  • Punctuality, which directly impacts both access to the first quality teaching for core subjects and readiness to learn.
  • Challenging behaviours for a small number of pupils eligible for PP across the school that are likely to be linked to early life experience.
  • Access to home learning support

To do our best to meet the identified needs and support these children and families, The Vineyard plans to use the PP funding for 2019-2020 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:

We are focusing on:

  • Subsidising the 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
  • Provision of a homework club for some parts of the year where  priority is given to key pupils
  • Additional time and opportunities for parents to access in-school support and advice
  • Attendance for key staff at targeted training aimed at supporting children who have had experience of the care system
  • Staff attendance at key multi agency meetings to support vulnerable pupils
  • Additional funding to support the access to the educational psychology service that is often required by pupils eligible for PP
  • Some funding of wrap around care to support punctuality and attendance
  • Release staff to support attendance at activities and experiences offered by the wider community to pupils in receipt of PP
  • Release a member of staff to be trained to deliver parenting workshops within school which will be available for parents at a subsidised or no  rate and where  priority is given to key pupils
  • Release 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:

  • Data on both pupils’ attainment and progress will be monitored termly 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, in line with expectations for all pupils
  • 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.
  • Attendance at homework club and links to success with home learning tasks will be monitored
  • Evaluation of targeted training to be completed by staff; has this made an impact on staff confidence?
  • Decrease in incidence of challenging behaviour and /or time away from class for pupils eligible for PP funding
  • Engagement and attendance of key families at school information and consultation events as well as targeted meetings such as Post Adoption networks and SEND meetings

The impact of The Vineyard School’s Pupil Premium strategy 2019-2020 will be reviewed during the summer term 2020 in order to inform the approach for 2020-2021. 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.


September 2019