Pupil Premium

Overview and Principles

It is our responsibility to ensure that all children in our school achieve their potential and in order to do so, we seek to meet the individual needs of every child.

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.

  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This includes assessing and addressing the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils and of children with high mobility.

  • Pupil premium funding and service family children premium will be allocated following a needs analysis, which will identify priority needs. Allocation of funding and resources will vary according to those needs.

Objectives for Pupil Premium

  • The pupil premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standards of achievement for these pupils.

  • The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers.

  • As far as its powers allow, the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for pupil premium and their other peers within school.

  • We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and their lives.

  • All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving pupils to at least age-related expectations as a minimum.


At St James’ Church of England Primary Academy, we currently allocate the funding in the following ways:

  • Extra support through intervention programmes across the school; additional support from Teaching Assistants; English, Maths and Reading support as well as catch-up programmes.

  • Small focused teaching opportunities for pupils needing additional support in developing their core and basic skills; one-to-one work; self-esteem group work; and social skills group.

  • Providing extra resources and personnel to ensure adequate provision for children receiving pupil premium; in-school support to children and families; children’s well-being and confidence; one-to-one counselling; and parenting groups.

  • Payment for additional activities where needed: breakfast/after school club provision, sports club, music tuition, residential and day trips.

  • Assistance with costs of uniform, books and stationery to support progress.

  • Provision of other clubs and staff such as Lunchtime Club.

Measuring Impact

We collect data and monitor all pupils’ attainment and progress. This data is used to inform the needs of pupils, support and the appropriate intervention of our pupils including pupil premium. The process includes:

  • Pupil progress meetings held with SLT and Class Teachers on a regular basis.

  •  Pixl tests and past SATs papers are used a regular basis to support with the termly assessments.
  • End of Year Standardised tests are completed for Year 2 and 6 as well as Phonics Screening for Year 1 and (where necessary) Year 2.

  • Targeted interventions have entry and exit data to measure impact.

Strategy Review Meetings for Pupil Premium

Review meetings take place at least three times a year following pupil progress meetings. Impact of any action is reviewed and then the funding is allocated for the next phase. The school reviews all pupils across the school - there are some pupils who are not eligible for pupil premium who will fit into this group and benefit from the interventions.

Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item in Governors Meetings.