Great Sampford

Community Primary School

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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings, to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and to children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. 


The DfE has provided the following guidance for use of this funding for all schools:

"Schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils."    Source: DfE website


The Governing Body have decided that this grant should be spent as follows:-  

  • To fund school trips, extracurricular activities, books to promote reading and/or opportunities and resources to boost learning
  • To provide additional individual or small group tuition programmes for those children on FSM who need a boost to their learning in order to reach   their potential
  • To enable the children to access individual musical instrument hire and tuition.


Additionally we support children’s learning in the classroom by:

  • ensuring that class sizes are as low as possible
  • ensuring that the children who qualify for PPG have their needs clearly identified and their progress closely monitored through school supporting further interventions in learning when this would help a PPG child reach their potential.


We write to all parents whose children are entitled to free school meals or who have been entitled over the previous five years in September outlining the above support available.  We also assure parents that all matters regarding the use of our PPG are treated with discretion and in confidence.


Use of the Pupil Premium Grant 2017-2019 can be found here - 

PPG Report 2017-2019

Our PPG strategy is reviewed termly by the Governing Body.

Use of Pupil Premium 2016-2017:

 The total amount of funds allocated for PPG funding for 2016/17 is £7760.

The main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils include: supporting the home environment, increasing levels of attainment, developing social learning and emotional resilience.


The PPG funding has been used to:

  • Purchase Success Maker software and associated hardware to extend learning opportunities to the home and to provide a more independent and personalised learning experience.
  • To help cover the costs of additional staffing hours to both support the learner and also to monitor the effectiveness of provision.
  • Impact will be measured through the establishment of clear baselines before all interventions start and then regularly reviewing progress against these baselines. Pupil interviews will also be carried out (when appropriate) to provide a qualitative view of progress.


Impact of Provision:

We carefully monitor our allocation to ensure that it has had a positive impact on the children. We look for clear evidence of increased rates of progress and achievement, for example in respect of reading ages. We also look for evidence of improved attitudes to learning and the taking up of additional activities such as music lesson or sports clubs. Feedback from parents can also act as a qualitative measure for assessing how successful our support has been.


Do you Qualify?

Parents or guardians receiving the following benefits can claim Free School Meals:

  •     Income Support
  •     Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)
  •     Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  •     Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16190
  •     Pension Guarentee Credit
  •     Supprt under Part VI Immigration and Asylum Act 1999


You will normally be eligble for Free School Meals if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit.