Pupil Premium Impact Report 2017-2018

The Government allocates money to schools to improve the outcome for children on Free School Meals. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 now have free school meals, but may not be eligible for the pupil premium funding unless they qualify under low income based criteria. Your child is eligible if he or she:

  • Has qualified for free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • Has been looked after under local authority care for more than one day, been adopted from care or has left care
  • Has a parent in the regular armed forces

Nationally there is a large gap between these children's attainment and children who do not receive Free School Meals.

Barriers to learning for children at West St Leonards include:

  • Persistent absence – this supported through monitoring and support for attendance.
  • Parental engagement / access – this is supported through our keyworker and resources sent home to engage with through home learning.
  • Poor language skills – supported through speech and language project in EYFS and additional speech and language support throughout the school.
  • Lower on entry to school – supported through intervention support, including daily reading and Reading Recovery.
  • Emotional support for pupils who lack confidence and self-esteem provided through our therapeutic coach, behaviour for learning coach, forest schools and therapeutic storytelling.
  • Access to learning supported through help with educational visits and activities through funding.

Expenditure 2018-19

At West St. Leonards Primary Academy this money (£144,000) is allocated to support these children and their peer group in the following ways:

  • Reading interventions Teaching Assistants to support Reading and phonics 1:1 and in small groups daily, so all children make progress.
  • Curriculum enrichment opportunities through the use of visiting specialists such as archery and observatory.
  • Support for Academy trips.
  • Additional pastoral support to enhance the emotional wellbeing and learning outcomes for children including Therapeutic Coach, Behaviour for Learning Coach and therapeutic storytelling.
  • Support for breakfast club to allow all children access and increase adult ratio to provide opportunities for children to read to an adult.
  • Education Futures Trust support for learning including forest school, therapeutic storytelling and alternative provision.
  • Additional specialist support for children including educational psychologist and speech link to target pupil needs and support curriculum access.
  • Additional practical resources to support learning, particularly in maths.
  • Reward systems (eg. reading prize at the end of the year) to encourage children in their learning.

We measure the impact of these funds to ensure the children on Free School Meals are making improved progress.

Our data shows in 2018, the Pupil Premium Pupils (referred to nationally as ‘disadvantaged’ pupils) make the following attainment and achievement.

Impact of Pupil Premium funding: Term 6 (2017-18)

Foundation stage

38% of pupil premium pupils have met the Good Level of Development in 2017-18. Currently there is 37% gap between those who are disadvantaged and other pupils. Nationally 56% of pupil premium pupils met the GLD in 2018.

Key Stage 1 Year 1


In the screening check 82% of all pupils met the required threshold with 69% of pupil premium pupils meeting the threshold. Nationally this was 82% of all pupils and 65% for pupil premium in 2018. West St Leonards pupil data is at or exceeding the national data. The pupil premium phonics gap in Y1 for 2018 is a 13% difference.

Key Stage 1 Year 2

Data for 2018

Pupil Premium Pupils All Pupils
KS1 Reading expected standard 46% 64%
KS1 Writing expected standard 31% 40%
KS1 Maths expected standard 31% 58%

At end of EYFS cohort was 47% GLD, with a gap of 30%. This gap is now closing.

The percentage of pupil premium pupils reaching the expected standard in Writing and Maths at Key Stage 1 exceeds national data. The percentage of pupil premium pupils achieving the expected standard in Reading at Key Stage 1 is 16% below national data.

Key Stage 2 Years 6
Pupil Premium Pupils All Pupils
KS2 Reading exprected standard 53% 65%
KS2 Writing exprected standard 59% 81%
KS2 Maths exprected standard 42% 61%

35% of this cohort were pupil premium pupils.

Impact is reported and reviewed with the Local Governing Body

The Pupil Premium Governor is Mrs Jan Adams.

The Pupil Premium Strategy was reviewed in October 2018.

Sustaining the impact of pupil premium expenditure

The Academy will continue to have impact on progress through the following

  • Ongoing training for staff to maintain skills and develop these further.
  • Termly use of assessment data to track and support progress.
  • Use of assessment to plan for further learning to meet pupils learning needs.
  • Systematic budgeting for replacement and enhancement of learning resources.
  • Developing speech and language support within EYFS.
  • Improving maths teaching and learning through training and use of practical resources.