Pupil Premium

What is PPG?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) was introduced in April 2011  and is additional to funding that the government gives to schools for each pupil on roll where they are deemed to be disadvantaged. The money must be spent on that pupil to support their education, but it is for the school to determine how it is spent. Pupil premium funding does not have to be used for the individual pupil it is given for, but to support groups of children. Parents should be involved in the programme, but schools do not have to consult with parents on what parents’ preferred activities are for their child, they do not have a right to demand that the money their child brings to the school is spent on their individual child.

Why has PPG been introduced? Poverty or low income is the single most important factor in predicting a child’s future life chances, with many pupils having low attainment by the time they leave school at age 16. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address these underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Who receives the Pupil Premium? Pupil Premium is allocated to pupils in school year groups from Reception to Year 11 from low income families who are registered for FSM, or who have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6’), together with children that have been in care continuously for 6 months or more.

Rates for eligible pupils   The PPG per pupil for 2016 to 2017 is as follows:

  • Pupils in Yr groups Reception to Yr 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £1320
  • Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority   £1900
  • 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   £1900
  • Service children £300

This is significant additional money for schools to spend on supporting disadvantaged pupils and schools are very keen to ensure that all eligible pupils are ‘signed up’. Grants are based on those pupils included in the January schools’ census.



How can parents access this support for the benefit of their child? Parents must apply for free school meals via the County Council or the school.

Telephone 0845 155 1019 with your National Insurance Number, date of birth, name and child’s details and an eligibility check can be carried out using the Department for Education’s Eligibility Checking System, this will confirm if details have been matched or not. It will not tell us what benefits you are in receipt of, dates when a benefit was awarded or say how much you receive.

Confirmation will be sent to you and the school within 5 to 10 working days. Further information is available on Devon Council’s website at:


South Tawton Primary School

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure and Impact  

2015/16 academic year

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant received (PPG)

Total number of pupils on roll


Number of pupils benefitting from PPG


Pupil PPG

17 x FSM Ever 6

1 x CiC

1 x Service premium

2 terms September 2015 – March 2016

1 term April 2016 – July 2016


Total amount of PPG received






Summary of PPG spending


· To raise achievement in literacy and maths

· To promote a healthy lifestyle

· To provide social and emotional support

· To accelerate progress across the curriculum

· To encourage engagement in wider opportunities

· To provide early help/support for parents and families

· To increase engagement of parents/carers in pupils’ learning




Parents Support Advisor/Family Practitioner employed to provide family support by referral, signpost to other help and provide positive parenting workshops + support groups


Take up from families. Parents signposted to support and pupils with complex needs accessed high needs services such as CAMHS and Targeted Family Support

Counselling for vulnerable pupils


Raised self esteem and confidence

Employment of additional TA to accelerate progress for boys attainment in writing


Accelerated progress. Raised standard of writing across the school

An individual pupil is given intensive individual tuition linked to teacher/pupil identified targets Includes


Pupil able to stay in class and work with class

Alternative provision to promote self - esteem and teamwork


Enabled pupil t engage in learning back in school

Funding to support or subsidise individuals/groups of children/additional activities. To maximise pupils access to wider opportunities including

Yr 6 residential (PGL)

Yr 4 residential (PGL)

Sports club (Arsenal)

Summer school (Okehampton college)

Peripatetic music (guitar)










100% Yr 5 and 6 children eligible to play in school teams represented the school at competitions and matches

100% take up of Yr 5 and 6 residentials

Excellent engagement with wider opportunities

Engaging with healthy lifestyles



Healthy choices and snack/drink uptake

CPD – supply and course fees

Thrive update training for 3 practitioners

Multi agency working

Staff visit to observe outstanding practice

RAISEonline inspection dashboard training


Teaching securely good with much outstanding which impact son all pupils

Targeted support in areas where PPG children have been identified as underperforming: deliver specific interventions e.g. phonics, booster grps


Additional support identified and targeted interventions planned, monitored and impact reviewed.

For KS1 disadvantaged pupils, attainment of at least the expected standard in all subjects for all EYFS development groups was above national figures

Lesson observations and book scrutiny demonstrated PPG pupils receiving good feedback and writing at greater length. Improved resilience

Thrive sessions


Pupil feedback positive

Upgrading technology to maximise engagement – Promethean board


High quality resources to engage pupils. Lesson obs evidenced low level disruption a rarity

Supply for conferencing, pupil councils, peer support, progress meetings


Additional support identified and targeted interventions planned, monitored and impact reviewed

Targeted interventions, support and resources


Additional support identified and targeted interventions planned, monitored and impact reviewed


RAISEonline Inspection Dashboard identified as strengths

Disadvantaged KS2 pupils had an average scaled score equal to or above the national score for other pupils in reading & mathematics.

For KS1 disadvantaged pupils, attainment of at least the expected standard in all subjects for all EYFS development groups was above national figures for other pupils.

For KS1 disadvantaged pupils, attainment of greater depth in all subjects for all EYFS development groups was close to or above national figures for other pupils.

2016 Key Stage 2 Attainment Pupil Premium


Average Scaled score (100 av)

Average progress

% at expected

% at Greater Depth
















Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling





Combined Maths, Reading and Writing at expected