What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium funding is available to school to support those children who are most in need. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Is registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • Is or has ever spent 1 day in local authority care
  • Has a parent who has served in the armed forces

 How much money is allocated to our school?

New Silksworth Infant School has been allocated the following Pupil Premium funds;

School Year Pupil Premium Received
2014/15 £89,255
2015/16 £69,240 (estimated)


How was Pupil Premium money spent in school last year?

Pupil Premium is spent across four key areas;

Classroom Support

To ensure that our children in most need receive sufficient support, we allocate a proportion of the Pupil Premium budget to fund Classroom Assistant time, consequently benefits all pupils in class. 

Educational Resources

We invest Pupil Premium money in resources that aid the teaching of our pupils, for example, in recent years we have purchased additional equipment to improve our outdoor learning environment, ICT equipment and sports facilities

Intervention Groups

Over the school year we deliver a wide range of small and larger pupil intervention groups.  Intervention groups nurture our pupils, supporting children with social and emotional aspects of learning, as well as Literacy and Numeracy.  Although these sessions are funded by Pupil Premium, children outside of this group also benefit from the interventions.

Staff Training

To ensure our staff can support those children most in need, we have invested a significant amount of Pupil Premium funding to up-skill our staff.  Various members of staff have participated in training around subject areas including Makaton Sign Language, Special Educational Needs and Counselling.  All children throughout the school benefit from this staff training.


The below chart indicates the scale of investment made on the above areas during School Year 2014-15;

Pupil Premium Spend

How has Pupil Premium investment helped our pupils in the last year?

Nurture Interventions

Working with small groups specifically on the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning.  Sessions are ran for a half term and selected children spend a 4 x 1hr morning sessions per week outside the classroom.  Attending children benefit directly from these sessions and become more ‘classroom ready’ by being able to regulate their emotions. Children remaining in class indirectly benefit from more focused lessons.

Writing Interventions

This intervention has been running since the start of 2015 and will continue to run through to the end of the school year.  This intervention will solely focus on improving writing for children in Year 2.  The impact of this is an improvement of handwriting and overall presentation of written work therefor PP Vs Non PP gap of 34% and exit EYFS score 2013 narrows to 22% exit at KS1 2015.

Letter formation

Implementation of a whole school handwriting scheme which will be fully embedded by September 2015.  Teaching assistants in EYFS have led fine and gross motor skills groups focusing on improving children’s pincer grip, pencil control and letter formation.  Pupil Premium funding was used to source fine motor skills equipment.  The impact of this is an improvement in handwriting and overall presentation of written work therefore a writing PP v  Non PP gap of 31% in Exit EYFS scores 2013 narrowed to 22% exit at KS1 2015.

Guided Reading Sessions

A new teaching format was introduced by the new Literacy Co-ordinator in September 2014.  Staff are trained in delivering classroom sessions in addition to the literacy lesson.  A direct result of this KS1 intervention was that all children, including PP, were supported by QFT to broaden and develop their reading skills.  This is recognised in the reduction of the PP v Non PP gap of 32% in 2013 EYFS exit data compared to 10% gap at exit KS1 2015.

Performing Arts

Whole school pantomime ensured that all children experienced first hand wider cultural events that they may not access outside of school.  The direct impact of this were increased speaking and listening skills and children’s ability to apply experiences of stories and narratives to their written work. The impact of this is an improvement of handwriting and overall presentation of written work therefor PP Vs Non PP gap of 34% and exit EYFS score 2013 narrows to 22% exit at KS1 2015.


How will Pupil Premium help pupils in the future?

During the next school year the school will continue to heavily invest Pupil Premium funding into classroom support and 1-2-1/small group interventions. 

Another dedicated Early Years Teaching Assistant will be recruited to support our youngest Pupil Premium eligible children, although non PP children will also benefit from this addition.

Reading and writing interventions with be provided by an expert Teaching Assistant brought in on a supply basis.  These interventions will support our older children in Year 1 and Year 2 to ensure they achieve the best results possible in Phonics and SATS.  To complement these interventions the school will be improving its Phonics resources to aid with lesson delivery, as well as making investment in areas of computing.


To help the school access Pupil Premium funding, please complete a Free Schools Meals Application Form

The Head teacher and Governing Body will continue to develop annual statements and post these on the school website.