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Pupil Premium

“The staff understood me. They got me. They said, ‘He's misunderstood, and we need to get to the bottom of it." - Year 4 Parent 

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium (PP) is a grant which is given to every school by the Government. It is an additional sum to the main school funding and it is to help address national inequalities between the achievements of children eligible for free school meals, or children in care and others. The amount granted to each school is based on the number of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible in the last six years. Each school makes its own decisions on how the Pupil Premium is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility. Schools must publish online information on how they have used the funding as one of the requirements. At Hawkswood Primary we are relentless in our determination to ensure that every child makes progress and has high aspirations, regardless of their baselines and whether they are pupil premium or not. The gap between PP pupils and Non-PP has decreased significantly over the course of this academic year 2017 – 2018, due to our non-negotiable efforts in providing equal opportunities and outcomes, and not putting any limitations on pupil growth. Below is a breakdown of how we intend to spend our annual funding for the year 2017 – 2018.

How do we use Pupil Premium Grant to support pupils at Hawkswood Primary School?


Academic Year

Number of Pupil Premium pupils

Amount allocated per child per year

Total amount for the academic year

2015 – 2016

6 students


8 pupils on roll (taken from January census return)





2016 – 2017

8 students


12 pupils on roll (taken from January census return) 



2017 – 2018

7 students


9 pupils on roll (taken from January census return) 



Please note: As our children are dual rolled for the duration of their intervention, we only receive the pupil premium grant for the eligible pupils of whom we are named on their Educational, Health and Care Plan, or if we are the main school for that pupil and not the subsidiary school. This can mean that we can have 20 children who are pupil premium attending Hawkswood, but we only receive a grant for 5 pupils for example.

At Hawkswood Primary School we are focused on spending the Pupil Premium funding wisely, as to ensure that every child at Hawkswood is an independent, active and confident learner.  We work hard to ensure good or better progress, successful outcomes and achievement for all.

Which students are prioritised?

  • Free school meal (FSM) students and other vulnerable students who are underachieving
  • Other underachieving students

How is the Impact of the Pupil Premium Grant Funding Measured?

  • School data analysed and published in RAISEonline by the DFE
  • All pupils are tracked on a half termly basis for progress using a range of criteria.

What is the targeted impact for Hawkswood Primary Pupils?

Support - £5620

- To ensure the support given to pupils meets their individual needs and provides a tailored approach to each pupils learning.

- A Speech and Language therapist in school weekly who works with class groups and individuals, depending on their individual needs 

- Consultant Educational Psychologist weekly: this enables us to support students with high level learning needs much quicker, and has resulted in an increase in the number of pupils we are able to support. 

- Incorporating Mindfulness by embedding a growth mindset across the curriculum to enable each child to have a holistic development of their emotional, social and academic wellbeing -

Support IMPACT 

  • Pupils speak confidently and politely in front of their peers, staff and visitors observed on a daily basis.
  • 100% of pupils known to speech and language therapy (SALT) engage in lessons on a daily basis.
  • 100% of pupils accessing the SALT intervention actively participate in their weekly sessions.
  • Pupils make expected and accelerated progress and are motivated to learn and become confident learners.
  • 100% of Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) Pupil Premium (PP) pupils have progressed steadily each half term this year and have made expected or accelerated progress in English by May 2018.
  • 83% of KS1 PP pupils and 85% of KS2 PP pupils have progressed steadily each half term this year and made expected or accelerated progress in Maths by May 2018 (See impact table below).
  • Through our ethos of obtaining and consistently having a Growth Mindset, Pupils are developing resilience beyond school, and those with difficult home lives continue to believe in themselves where they did not previously and have future aspirations. This is evident in conversations daily with pupils.
  • Following a pupil survey about pupil’s attitudes towards school and self in April 2018. Pupils results are as follows:
  • KS1

Feelings about school            89%

Preparedness for learning     90%

Learner self-worth                  87%

Response to learning             73%

  • KS2

Feelings about school                           86%

Perceived learning capability               81%

Self-regard as a learner                        66%

Preparedness for learning                    83%

Attitudes to teachers                             91%

General work ethic                                 79%

Confidence in learning                           73%

Attitudes towards attendance              75%

Response to the curriculum demands 64%

  • Pupils communicate effectively instead of making negative behaviour choices to express how they are feeling, observed daily.
  • Pupil’s social skills have developed and they can play with other pupils appropriately observed at playtimes and other point throughout the day on a daily basis.
  • Pupils communicate effectively instead of making negative behaviour choices to express how they are feeling, observed daily.
  • Successful transitions back into mainstream school.
  • 97% resettlement success of Nurture Group pupils in the last 5 years.
  • 95% reintegration success of KS2 pupils in the last two years, which is an increase from previous years.
  • Investment in high quality training and Performance Management systems (Blue Sky) for all staff so that we have a shared understanding and responsibility for the teaching and learning of all pupils. This is evident in the daily support provided for pupils, and the clearly observed positive, professional attachments between the staff and the pupils.
  • Rigorous pupil progress meetings which involves discussion about performance of pupil students within individual classes. Targets are set for each child and teachers are held to account for the progress of each pupil in their class.
  • Parent coffee mornings every term to share curriculum information, create a forum for parent/carer voice and develop closer working partnerships with parents.
  • High investment in the ICT infrastructure across the school, which supports both the children’s learning and behaviour modification. I.e., Ipads are used within lessons as a teaching/learning tool, as well as during after school club time as an incentive to work towards.

Interventions - £1920

- To provide small, appropriate interventions in group and 1:1 settings with highly skilled staff who can track and monitor a pupil’s progress to provide appropriate provisions for all. 

Interventions IMPACT 

  • Pupil premium spending is incorporated into the School Improvement Plan.
  • Learning Support Assistants (LSA’s) deliver precision teaching confidently on a daily basis as an intervention to support English progress of under achieving pupils.
  • LSA’s support each other in the preparation of resources in order to deliver the intervention effectively.
  • Pupils enjoy spellings and are self-motivated, which is evident by their eagerness to beat their previous score/time and engage in lessons.
  • Pupils are motivated to learn and make rapid progress (see table below). Children can spell taught words with accuracy and fluency.
  • Pupils enjoy reading and readily talk about books and their desire to use the newly developed school library.
  • Pupil’s readily talk about their learning experiences and the progress they have made observed daily in and outside of lessons.
  • Pupils’ English has improved over the last 2 terms.
  • Pupils don’t shy away from spelling tests or whole class reading sessions.
  • Behaviour has improved during English lessons, observed daily.

Enrichment - £1700

- We understand that enrichment is many things that students can choose to do beyond their academic pursuits and the normal requirements of their lives. We ensure that we are continuously Developing pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural strengths to allow them to succeed in education, work and society.

Enrichment IMPACT

  • Development of an excellent pupil centred holistic curriculum which celebrates the rich diversity of our school community, and to ensure engagement in learning by all pupils.
  • Subsidised visits to enhance our curriculum offer for all pupils.
  • Subsidised partnerships with high quality programmes to enhance the curriculum and learning experiences of our pupils – including companies such as Create Development.
  • Personalised work related curriculum for some pupils.
  • An enrichment subsidised after school programme daily.
  • Attendance is consistently significantly high at Hawkswood, at 91% for the academic year 2016-17, compared to the 33% national average for Pupil Referral Units.

2017 – 2018 – Pupil Premium Pupil Progress


English Key Stage 1 expected or accelerated progress

English Key Stage 2  expected or accelerated progress

Maths Key Stage 1 expected or accelerated progress

Maths Key Stage 2 expected or accelerated progress

Autumn Term 1





Autumn Term 2





Spring Term 1





Spring Term 2





Summer Term 1





Summer Term 2





How the improvements will be sustainable in the future?

The 5 key indicators to see improvement across are:

  • The engagement and active participation of all pupils in daily lessons.
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in supporting learning.
  • Attendance remains consistently high.
  • Expected and accelerated progress for all pupils against their baseline.
  • Pupils have aspirations and talk about what they want to aspire to beyond school years.
  • The date of the next review for the schools pupil premium strategy and allocation will take place in March 2019.