Pupil Premium

Thurton C of E Primary Protocol for the spending of the Pupil Premium Grant

This protocol has been written by the governor responsible for the spending of pupil premium and head teacher after research and analysis into the best value use and areas of spend for the most impact. Documents such as the Sutton Trust Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit and the Ofsted Pupil Premium Analysis and Challenge tools for schools were used as part of the analysis, as well as looking at how other schools were using this grant. The following protocol has been developed to ensure that everyone in the school community has a good understanding of the order of spending of this ever increasing and significant amount of money. Analysis of the impact of the spending is completed Termly and is shared with the governors at their meetings.

Using a tiered approach

The National Foundation for Educational Research has recommendations for school leaders on raising disadvantaged pupils’ attainment.

Following these recommendations we focus on just 3 areas of activity as research shows this is most effective at narrowing the attainment gap.

This tiered approach combines:

  • staff development to improve teaching
  • targeted academic support
  • wider strategies that support readiness to learn

Open the documents below to look at how we have used this approach to allocate our funding:

Pupil Premium Statement 2021-2022

Pupil Premium Grant Statement 2020-2021

Pupil Premium Grant Statement 2019-2020



Examples of how we have used the funding:

1. Teacher Assistants

  • Organising outside agencies to do onsite and offsite training
  • Specific targeted support for small group tuition and early years intervention – Phonics
  • Reading comprehension
  • Maths problem solving
  • Speaking and listening programs
  • Any other area as identified through specific data analysis and teacher analysis of progress.

2. Equipment to support learning

  • Specific equipment identified through data analysis e.g. Maths games for homework – increase parental involvement Literacy – reading system, book banded phonic books

3. Arts participation 

        • Peripatetic or whole class learning music instrument
        • Theatre group visits to school – including pantomine

4. Enhancing education 

If parents whose children are entitled to free school meals require help towards the costs of these activities, please talk to the head teacher before the event takes place for up to half funding eg

  • KS2 residential
  • Whole class educational visits
  • After school activities

5. Widening experiences

  • Transport to outside school activities including educational visits – for each class once per year.
  • Day visits from people from different faith and community background to broaden children’s experience of the wider British cultural and religious family.

Please download the Ofsted Pupil Premium Report

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 children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings, it is for the local authority to decide how to allocate the Pupil Premium. For instance it could be allocated to the setting where they are being educated, or held by the local authority to spend specifically on additional educational support to raise the standard of attainment for these pupils. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 say that maintained schools must publish certain information online relating to the pupil premium grant.

SchooIs must publish, in relation to the previous academic year:

  • Details of how the pupil premium allocation was spent
  • Information on the impact of that expenditure on eligible and other pupil

In relation to the current academic year, schools must publish:

  • The amount of the school’s pupil premium allocation
  • A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school
  • How the pupil premium allocation is to be spent to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach
  • How the school is to measure the impact and effect of its expenditure of the pupil premium allocation
  • The date of the school’s next review of its pupil premium strategy

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Page updated 13.11.2018