Birdwell Primary Pupil Premium Strategy for effective spending of DfE funding.


The Pupil Premium is additional funding for a school that is based on the eligibility of pupils for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last 6 years. (known as disadvantaged funding). The grant per eligible primary-aged pupil is £1,320 for the financial year 2017–2018. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of achievement for funded pupils, in comparison with their non Pupil Premium peers within the school and those nationally. Whilst we recognise that eligible children are referred to as ‘disadvantaged’ by Ofsted and on RAISEonline, we prefer to use the term ‘Pupil Premium’ children.


Our main objective is to utilise the Pupil Premium funding to close the attainment and progress gap between eligible pupils and their peers.

  1. Curriculum – to develop further the range of intervention strategies to ensure Pupil Premium children in all year groups make progress in line with, or exceeding the progress of their non Pupil Premium peers.
  2. Teaching and Learning – to further improve teaching and learning across school and for the targeted children.
  3. Wider Outcomes – to ensure that Pupil Premium children have same access to learning opportunities as non Pupil Premium children.
  4. Attendance – to implement strategies to address the attendance gap between Pupil Premium children and non Pupil Premium children.
  5. Behaviour – to support those Pupil Premium children that require help in improving their attitude to learning by giving them access to quality adult counselling and behaviour management strategies.

A proportion of the Pupil Premium funding is committed to maintaining the provision for Pupil Premium children that is currently in place. e.g. on going intervention programmes. The impact of this support is monitored closely through progress data, attainment assessments, case study observations and assessments related to particular support programmes. This progress is evaluated by the Headteacher half termly and reported to Governors at their termly meeting. The Headteacher will outline any changes in provision and evaluate the cost effectiveness in terms of the progress made by pupils receiving a particular provision. The achievement of Pupil Premium children is included in the staff Appraisal system and is part of the discussion in Support Staff reviews. This means that the Leadership are able to make informed decisions in this area which will be rigorously monitored by the Governors.


The Leadership Team and Governing Body will consider evidence from a variety of sources, including: schools own data, external evaluation material such as the Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit and Ofsted case studies, when analysing the effectiveness of interventions.

Key Objective Examples of Interventions
  • Reading, Writing, Maths Booster Groups
  • After School 1:1 Tuition
  • Handwriting/Spelling support
  • Additional 1:1 Reading
  • Additional Comprehension skills
  • Read, Write, Inc
  • Catch up programme
  • Rapid writing
  • Active phonics
  • Rapid Maths
  • Vocabulary development
  • Words and Sounds programme
  • Active Maths
Teaching and Learning
  • Staff training on observation of Pupil Premium children to up-skill teaching and identify barriers to learning.
  • Memory games
  • Beat Dyslexia
  • Processing speed support
  • Gross and Fine Motor skills
  • Speech programmes
  • Utilise the Educational Psychologist to understand the barriers children have to learning.
Wider Opportunities
  • Subsidy for trips and residential visits
  • Instrumental tuition
  • Homework club
  • Access to Parent Support worker
  • Access to Community support workers.
  • Wake up programme
  • SEAL group
  • Anger management
  • Self Esteem programmes
  • Lego play therapy
  • Listening and turn taking skills