Pupil Premium

Saughall All Saints CE Primary School.


Pupil Premium – 2016/17


‘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.  (DfE website)


Pupil Premium was introduced by the government to help support disadvantaged students by giving schools extra funding to enable them to take the most effective actions to improve attainment. Reducing the gap in performance between students from backgrounds with different levels of wealth is the key function of the pupil premium. To determine who was  eligible for pupil premium the government used Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator of disadvantage. As with any indicator, the rationale can be questioned but it is the indicator that the government has chosen and the one that we adhere to.

Using FSM as the indicator for ‘disadvantaged’ the government presents national attainment figures that show that at Key Stage Two there is a gap of 16% between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils achieving at least level four in English and Mathematics. Nationally this grows to a 26.3% gap between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils achieving more  than five A*-C GCSEs including English and Mathematics. The Pupil Premium is intended to help narrow this gap.


Context of school:


Saughall All Saints is a Church of England primary school situated in Saughall on the outskirts of Chester. We have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we strongly believe that each child has the right to learn in a positive and safe environment where they can reach or surpass their individual potential. Our ethos stems from a firm belief that it does not matter where you come from but it is in fact each child’s thirst for knowledge and commitment to their own learning that is the difference between success and failure. Although we proportionately have a low number of children receiving pupil premium funding we are determined to spend it to its maximum effect to ensure our disadvantaged pupils progress at the same rate as their peers.


The high quality care, guidance and support pupils receive underpin how much they enjoy school, feel safe and thrive academically and personally. Very well-targeted support, especially for more vulnerable pupils and for families who are finding life more difficult than most, enables all pupils to make the best of the opportunities the school provides.’  OFSTED – 2011.


Objectives of Pupil Premium Spending:


It has been widely reported that common barriers for FSM children can be less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties, and attendance and punctuality issues. There also maybe complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no “one size fits all.”

Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to narrow the gap between the pupil groups. As a school we have an excellent system of tracking our children to ensure they make good progress and year on year our children achieve above national expectations in reading, writing, maths and science. However, despite this our FSM children historically achieve lower than our non FSM. We now need to ensure that this gap is closing year on year between these two groups.

We have analysed our data thoroughly and using evidence based research from the Sutton Trust toolkit and our own knowledge on what intervention and additional support works best on our identified pupils, we have made decisions regarding the best ways to spend our pupil premium funding.


Planned spending and actions for 2015-16 academic year:

  • The budget for 2015-16 shows that 22 children are to be in receipt of Ever 6 FSM funding (£29,040), 4 children are to be in receipt of Ever 5 service funding (£1,200) and 2 children are in receipt of Post-Lac (adopted from Care) funding (£3,800). The total allocation of funding is £34,040.
  • We have reflected on our spending from the current academic year and included in our decision making the guidance contained within The Sutton Report.
  • In light of last year’s successes we are running similar interventions for English, Maths and Speaking and Listening and we intend to run our social skills groups to enable us to continue to offer outstanding care, guidance and support.
  • Additional phonics (Letters and sounds in differentiated groups) as well as phonics counts
  • Targeted individual reading
  • Additional guided reading groups
  • Speech and language link activities (with ELKLAN trained member of staff)
  • Springboard Maths
  • 1st class@number and 1st class@number 2.
  • In addition we have:
  • 1:1 tuition for one pupil in Year 6 for 2 hours/week – ILD tutor
  • Extra revision classes and booster sessions for year 6 pupils in the spring term.


Overview of the School 2015/16:


Total number of pupils on roll


Number of pupils benefiting from Pupil Premium (FSM)


Total amount of Pupil Premium received:


Additional amount from Ever 5 service children and Post-Lac (adopted from care):


Total amount for 2015/16:




Key Principles:


The above information is based around the following key principles which we believe will maximise the impact of our pupil premium spending.



  • Teachers have performance management targets related to pupil premium children and are held accountable for the progress of these children as a separate group
  • There are “no excuses” for underperformance
  • ALL our children are given ambitious targets and ALL staff buy into the process of setting ambitious targets so our children have the opportunity to excel and meet or exceed the high expectations we have for our children
  • ALL staff to encourage children to think positively about their learning and create an independent learning environment where ALL children, regardless of their background feel valued.
  • We use evidence based research (such as the Sutton Trust Toolkit) to support us in determining the strategies that will be most effective.
  • Under achievement at all levels is targeted (not just lower attainment groups)
  • ALL pupil premium children benefit from the funding, not just those who are underperforming.
  • ALL staff are aware of who pupil premium and vulnerable children
  • Teaching must be at least good and striving for excellence on a daily basis
  • Tracking attendance of pupil premium children and address any issues
  • Provide early intervention at KS1 and EYFS (improving outdoor learning for transition from FS2 to KS1
  • Increase time for support staff to spend in KS1 classrooms in the autumn term to aid a smooth transition between FS2 and KS1 (each y1/2 classroom to have a consistent teaching assistant each morning)
  • Ensure that the interventions we provide are completely individualised for set periods of time to support the right children when it is needed most
  • Use teacher’s and support staff’s expertise in running the chosen intervention programmes
  • Ensure the support staff and class teachers communicate regularly
  • Tailoring interventions to the needs of the child (use adapted versions of published intervention programmes)








Contact the School

Saughall All Saints C of E Primary School

Church Road

Main Contact: Mrs Donna Prenton (Headteacher) - Mrs Melanie Peters (School Business Manager) - Mrs Joan Davies (School Office)

Tel: 01244 981090