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Pupil Premium (disadvantaged pupils)


Schools receive additional funding for any pupils who have been eligible for free school meals during the last six years; pupils who are looked after by the local authority or who are in care and for pupils from families where a parent serves in the armed forces. This money is known as the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG).


Financial Year 2016-2017

In the 2015-2016 financial year, schools will receive £1320 for each pupil in reception to Y6 who has registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. 


Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left-authority care because of one of the following:


a special guardianship order 

a child arrangements order

a residence order

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. 


During the academic year 2016-2017 our school will receive £145200.  At the time of writing we have 111 disadvantaged pupils on roll.   To see how we plan to spend this money please see the document below. 


During the academic year 2015-2016 our school  received £137,666.  To see how we spent the money and the impact of the spending, please see the document below. 


During the academic year 2014/2015 our school received a total of £131,000 and £109,000 in the academic year 2013/2014.  


At St Alban’s we are incredibly ambitions for all our children.  As a Church School, firmly rooted in the teachings and values of the Church of England, we aim for all children to be successful, independent learners and effective decision makers.  We value the individual and are committed to inclusive education, equal opportunities and respect for all. 

In order to ensure we allocate our pupil premium funding effectively each year, SLT meet and discuss general barriers to learning for our pupil premium pupils as a whole, and then unpick barriers to learning for individual pupils.  

Common barriers to learning for our disadvantaged pupils are:

  • Poor attendance and punctuality
  • Lack of parental interest and involvement in education 
  • Parental mental health
  • Low starting points entry to nursery
  • Deprivation and over crowding
  • Parents not encouraging their children to be indpendent
  • Low self-esteem
  • Speech and language depravation
  • Narrow experiences out of school  
  • Limited access to rich language
  • EAL
  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • Special educational needs

We realise that one size does not fit all which is why we look at each pupil premium pupil individually as well.

We also research the most effective ways of spending pupil premium funding as well as using the experience we have gained in raising attainment and progress for our disadvantaged pupils.  We know what works and does not work.  We have a clear rationale for spending this money.

Rationale :

To ensure all children make expected progress and the majority attain expected standards in accordance with their age.

  • Ensure wave 1 teaching is of high quality at all times for the biggest impact on all children’s attainment and progress through high quality CPD, effective  SLT involvement and high expectations of all staff,
  • To ensure strong and effective phonics teaching through senior leader of learning monitoring and reviewing the programme, effective CPD for all staff, catch up 1:1  programmes and purchasing quality up to date  resources  
  • Individual support for children who need to catch up (accelerated progress) to reach expected standards due to low starting points through conferencing sessions with own class teacher, reading volunteers, 1:1 tutoring with experienced teachers, TA intervention
  • To ensure we meet the  well-being needs of children through lunchtime clubs and pastoral care programmes
  • To increase attendance and punctuality of disadvantaged pupils through provision of breakfast club and before school KS2 sports clubs
  • To encourage parents to become more involved in their child’s education through workshops, meetings, online learning and community events

All provision is monitored and reviewed every half term to ensure maximum impact towards our main goals.