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Darley Dene Primary School

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. In 2012-13 this will also include pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.

Our Strategy

The School’s strategy is to put in place measures that will ensure that all disadvantaged children will be able to access the curriculum and make progress at the same rate or better than their peers. The focus will be in line with our School Development Plan which is written annually, however, all provision will be personalised and reviewed on a termly basis.

Barriers to learning

The School is aware that sometimes disadvantaged children may have experienced challenging home experiences which can lead to gaps in learning due to stresses within the home, home moves and/or a change of school. We also realise that a disadvantaged child may have a very stable background, however, due to financial reasons their family may not be able to provide all of the life experiences that could enhance their child’s learning.

With these barriers in mind, we have allocated our Pupil Premium funding to initiatives that aim to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.

Pupil Premium Reporting 2019-2021

Due to the interruption to teaching and learning following the school closures during the 2020 Summer Term pupil premium will be reported in two separate documents:

  • Pupil Premium 2020-21 Spend Report - this report identifies how we will utilise our funding for the current academic year. It does not include any funding that had been saved during the school closure period of April-June 2020 and which will be used instead during the period September 2020-March 2021. This report will be published during the Autumn term 2020 (below).
  • Pupil Premium 2019-20 Impact Report - The DfE have advised that due to school closures during the 2020 Summer term it will not be possible for schools to effectively evaluate the impact of any pupil premium funding initiatives for the 2019-20 academic year. The impact report should therefore cover the period September 2019 to March 2021. This report will be published during the Summer Term 2021 (below).

COVID Catch Up Premium Reporting 2020-2021

The government has announced funding to support children and young people to catch up due to the disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes a one-off universal £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020 to 2021 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time.

The £650 million of universal catch-up premium funding will be available for all state-funded mainstream and special schools, and alternative provision.

Below is our report detailing the spend made to counter the effects of COVID disruption.

2018-19 Plan for Pupil Premium Grant

For the 2018-19 financial year , we have received £97,680.00 in allocated Pupil Premium Grant funding.


What it does


Success criteria

Target pupils


Project X

10 week focussed comprehension intervention.


Children will make accelerated progress in their comprehension skills.

24 children over the course of the academic year from Year 2 to Year 4


Fischer Family Trust Wave 3

Accelerates basic skills in reading and writing.


Children will have greater understanding of phonics.

Lower school children identified by class teacher


Reading Recovery

Accelerates reading skills in a one-to-one environment.


Children make accelerated progress in their reading.

KS1 children as identified through screening.


Success at Arithmetic

Accelerates calculation skills.


Children develop secure calculation skills.

KS2 children with gaps in their learning


Intervention teacher

Supports progress in Year 5 and 6 in core areas.


Gaps in knowledge and skills will close.

Years 5 and 6 groups



Provides children with the vocabulary that they need in a lesson and refreshes prior learning.

8 Teaching Assistants are part funded by Pupil Premium funding in order to carry out the Pre and Post teaching interventions

Children will be able to access their learning and progress at a faster rate within the lesson.

All year groups



Provides support after a lesson to revisit any aspect of learning that was not understood.

Children will be well prepared for the next lesson. Gaps in their learning will be reduced.

All year groups.


Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA)

Provides support for children’s emotional wellbeing.


Children will benefit from time with the ELSA so they feel happy at school and able to access their learning.

Whole school


Breakfast club (subsidised)

A club that runs from 8am with engaging activities and food at the start of the day.


Families will be supported in the mornings to get their children to school in time, reducing late arrivals. Greater opportunities for parents to access the workplace.

Whole school


Lunch club

A club that provides an alternative to the playground with a variety of activities.

No additional cost

Children return to class after lunch ready to learn.

Whole school up to 12 children at a time.


Home School Link Worker

Provides support for families and children through one-to-one conversations.


Time to talk. Poor attendance and behaviour addressed. Sign-posting to other agencies for support.

Whole school


Subsidised residential and educational visits.

All children have access to all activities within the school.

£50 per year 6 child and £30 per year 4 child for residentials. Other visits assessed on a needs basis.

All children able to experience learning away from school alongside their peers.

All Pupil Premium eligible children


Provision of equipment and uniform

Reduces any barriers for children to be ready to learn in class.

Assessed on an individual basis.

No child feels disadvantaged against their peers

All Pupil Premium eligible children

Darley Dene Primary School