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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium spending at Dussindale Primary School

The governors and staff at Dussindale Primary School have high aspirations and ambitions for all children and are determined to ensure that all are given every opportunity to realise their full potential.  


What is Pupil Premium?

You may have heard of funding called the ‘Pupil Premium’.  This is money delegated from the central Government to schools, based on a number of measures.  These measures include eligibility for Free School Meals in the last 6 years, children whose parents are in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

How do we compare nationally?

The national figure for pupils eligible for pupil premium per school is on average 25%; in our school context 12% of our children are currently eligible for pupil premium. The Pupil Premium allocation is £1,320 and therefore, the Pupil Premium Grant for 2017-2018 at Dussindale Primary School is £58,080.

Dussindale Primary Pupil Premium Strategy:

Pupil Premium and raising attainment by reducing barriers to learning is a whole school priority – every adult in the school is aware of the need to close gaps. The school now has a dedicated Pupil Premium leader (from 2017-18) responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the strategies chosen for the Pupil Premium spending, in order to ensure that pupils are on track to reach/exceed ‘age-related expectations’ (in line with all pupils nationally) by the time they leave Dussindale Primary School.  We regularly monitor targeted interventions closely, ensuring that they are effective and that pupils make the additional progress they need to diminish any difference with their peers. School governors also play an active role in monitoring Pupil Premium spending and are kept fully up to date with initiatives and impact.

In order to raise attainment, we place an emphasis on children being emotionally secure and ready to learn. As a result there may be impact in the short (termly), medium (year) and long term to equip our children with the values and choices and skills to have their own aspirations and desire to learn .

The Pupil Premium leader talks to staff, parents and children to identify:

  • Where are the gaps in learning ?
  • What are the barriers to learning?
  • Are there any  whole school/year group/subject specific trends?
  • Are there any barriers/issues relating to a specific child?

The next step is to identify where we can make a difference, in order to target the money to be spent in the right places to raise attainment. 

Planned spending for 2017-18

Current data for all year groups has been scrutinised to identify gaps and interventions have been planned to close these gaps. These will be monitored closely and adapted as necessary.

We plan to:

  • Continue to fund our Family Support worker (FSW), whose role is to build relationships with pupils/families and school, providing support and advice around specific issues e.g. emotional well-being, behaviour, issues affecting attendance. The FSW can also signpost families to other agencies who can provide more specific support as appropriate e.g. Norfolk Early Help, health professionals, housing, finance, charities.
  • Continue to fund screening and interventions by the Inclusion Team, to provide early intervention for language and literacy skills. The impact of these are monitored rigorously, with clear entry/exit criteria. The Inclusion Team will also continue to focus on nurturing pupils’ emotional well-being and social skills, so that they are resilient and are ‘ready to learn’.
  • Provide hardware/software to support learning.
  • Use some of the funding for Subject Leader release time to support teachers, so that all staff have high expectations and: use in-class strategies to remove barriers to learning; motivate and engage pupils in their learning across in-school activities and extra-curricular activities; provide appropriate challenge levels for pupils.
  • Ensure that children eligible for Pupil Premium are able to attend trips and engage in extra-cururricular activities with their peers.
  • Focus on growth mindset, so that pupils’ have the highest aspirations for themselves.

A detailed working document on Pupil Premium expenditure 2017-18 can be requested by contacting the Pupil Premium Leader. This working document is the review template advocated by the Teaching Schools Council, in partnership with NCTL, DfE and the Education Endowment Foundation.

The Pupil Premium plan is reviewed termly. The next monitoring review will be in December 17. Impact will be measured through quantative data e.g. in-school progress and attainment  and attendance data, as well as qualititive data e.g. improvements in mindset, aspirations and well-being.


What was the impact for 2016/17?

At Dussindale Primary School an eighth of the pupils qualified for pupil premium in 2016/17 (£76,440).  Planned spending, to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as: 

  • Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment;
  • Making use of data to determine and evaluate interventions;
  • Making sure there is at a high ratio of teaching staff delivering good teaching and learning opportunities on a day to day basis.

Since the last Ofsted inspection Dussindale Primary School has revised its assessment and monitoring systems to support improvement in the quality of teaching and interventions in order to maximise impact.  

Governors have evaluated the expenditure and impact on the attached table and have signed off the 2016-’17 expenditure and are in agreement with the conclusions reached that have informed the flexible approach being taken for 2017-’18.       

 Therefore we invested the funding for Pupil Premium according to the analysis of pupils’ needs, the success of known interventions and the issues identified in the inspection report to improve the quality of teaching of disadvantaged pupils.

- 20.2% was invested in targeted resources and interventions in mathematics and ICT – Y6 mathematics results improved for the targeted group and there was strong evidence of impact at KS1.

- 7.8% in improving teachers' understanding of Growth Mindset and its use with disadvantaged pupils – evidence of the use is clear and we will continue to monitor its impact

- 27.0% focused on inclusion to support literacy interventions and reading materials – there is evidence of improved outcomes in oracy, writing and in reading for the targeted groups.

- 14.0% to improve attendance through family support and maximize inclusion in school trips – Attendance rates improved and all pupils accessed the trips available to them

 - 31.0% to improve the capacity of all teachers to work more effectively with disadvantaged pupils. – this investment has led to some improved results but it is likely that the impact will be more acute in the next few years. Teachers have become more focused on the needs of the targeted pupils, their assessment and on evaluating the interventions available. The quality and understanding of feedback to teachers was an issue in the last inspection. The increased focus on this for all teachers in relation to the progress being made by disadvantaged pupils is resulting in better outcomes for the targeted pupils.

         Pupil Premium Expenditure for 2016-17




Year 6 Maths booster group

 (Deputy Head teacher to teach alongside Y6 teachers)

Cost £8400

Objective: To reduce Y6 group sizes in order to target needs more specifically to individual academic and holistic needs.

Rationale: We recognised that some disadvantaged children in Y6 had low self-esteem in relation to their maths skills and needed to develop a growth mind set to maths. These children required an ‘over-learning’ approach to improve their arithmetic skills.  By reducing the group sizes, we also aimed to target the needs of those disadvantaged pupils who required more challenge in order to exceed national expectations.





KS2 2017 SATS results

86% disadvantaged pupils achieved the national expected standard (EXS); which was 6% above national non-disadvantaged pupils.


14% disadvantaged pupils exceeded expected national standards (GDS); which was an in-school increase on 2016 results, when 0% achieved GDS.


Improvement was seen in arithmetic skills (from the the daily over-learning) and attitudes  towards maths became more positive as confidence grew.

Additional maths resources


Objective: To purchase additional maths resources


Rationale: Gaps in resources were identified; this included problem-solving books to challenge the more able children and maths games to enthuse and support challenges

See above

Growth Mindset Training for all staff




Rationale: Research shows that meta-cognition, having a growth-mind set and self-regulation approached have consistently high levels of impact on pupil progress. (EEF) We recognised that this was an issue for some of our disadvantaged pupils, and therefore we invested in whole school training (INSET with Barry Hymers) to ensure a consistent approach across the school.

All staff have a shared understanding of Growth Mindset. Growth Mindset is discussed regularly in all classes, in addition to the school’s Sucessful Learner Web skills. There are posters on display in all classes to be referred to day to day. An example of the impact on disadvantaged pupils, is in the Y6 maths booster, where the approach was integral to the teaching.

Inclusion support


Rationale: Research shows small group support and oral language interventions as having a positive impact. We identified disadvantaged pupils who required additional language and literacy support, to remove barriers to learning; therefore we provided targeted support/intervention for pupils to address underachievement.


Objective 1: To provide early interventions in FS/KS1 to narrow the gap in speaking/listening skills and reading, as well as developing ‘readiness to learn’ skills.

Objective 2: To use PIXL – a targeted Y6 intervention approach to raise attainment

Objective 1:

Talk Boost – progress was seen across the strands from entry/exit. Impact was also seen in class in increased participation and confidence.


Catch Up Intervention - 100% made progress in the reading band scheme, of which 60% was strong progress.


Objective 2: See above for Y6 maths booster – which used PIXL.

ICT to support learning



Rationale: For some of our disadvantaged pupils, access to technology would support learning and motivation. Priority of licenses would be given to disadvantaged pupils.



Objective: To purchase new laptops and Lexia/Clicker licenses to support the development of English skills.


Lexia in Y2 – 100% disadvantaged pupils who required a retake of the phonics test, passed this time.

Lexia in Y1 – 100% made progress from their starting point within the programme and were working within ‘year level materials’ by the end of the year.

Family Support Worker

£9715 (towards salary)

Rationale: We identified that a number of our disadvantaged pupils needed to improve their punctuality and attendance at school.


  • To provide targeted support for parents of disadvantaged pupils, in order that they understand the value of education and improve attendance and punctuality.
  • To support parents to overcome barriers to children’s learning by increasing engagement.

We recognised that although the Family Support Worker would be available for other families, priority would be given to those eligible for Pupil Premium funding. Having a Family Support Worker as a member of staff would benefit pupils further, as they would have better access to this resource. It would also be more cost effective than out-sourcing this type of support.

Impact at July 2017


We recognised that this would take a period of time to embed; however, by the end of summer term 17 90% of disadvantaged pupils had attendance figures above 90%, compared to 75% in March 17. We have raised the expectation in 2017-18 to be at least 96% attendance in line with national figures.

Families have expressed their appreciation of this type of support and an improvement was seen in the children’s well-being/attitudes. Next year, we will use the Boxhall Profile as a way of quantifying this.

Additional reading materials


Rationale: Children need access to good quality reading materials, in order to develop a love of reading. Some of our disadvantaged pupils do not have access to a wide range of books at home and our school stock had gaps in the range of materials available.

KS2 2017 SATS attainment in reading


71% disadvantaged pupils achieve the national expected standard in reading (EXS); this is an in-school increase from 2016 when it was 60%.


29% disadvantaged pupils exceeded the national standard (GDS) which is in line with figures for national non-disadvantaged pupils; this is also an in-school increase from 2016 when it was 10%.

Residential and school trip subsidy


Rationale: Outdoor learning/off-site experiences, especially those involving collaborative learning skills are shown to have a positive impact on learning and well-being.


Objective: To provide funding to enable disadvantaged pupils to take part in the same (off-site) learning opportunities as their peers, for which they might not otherwise be able to.

All disadvantaged pupils accessed the same experiences as their peers.

Team Leaders

(release time/CPD)

£23, 725

Rationale: Research (EEF) shows that in-school variance can have a negative effect in progress, especially for disadvantaged pupils.


Objective: Team leaders will support greater consistency in teaching, as well as developing some of the more effective interventions to address in-school variation by ensuring Quality First teaching for all through:

  • Ensuring consistent implementation of practice and expectations
  • Improving monitoring and evaluation of whole class teaching, interventions and boosters

-Team teaching and planning/modelled lessons

- Provide target CPD

- Sharing best practice

- Supporting effective use of data and gap analysis

- moderation/standardisation

-ensuring the effectiveness of support staff

- increasing engagement in learning

- targeted parents’ meetings

In KS2 National data there is an increase in the number of disadvantaged pupils exceeding national expectations in maths and reading.