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Pupil Premium Funding

    The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to publicly-funded schools in England, to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

    Pupil Premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.

    Below is an overview of how Axminster Community Primary Academy will use the Pupil Premium grant. A  full Pupil Premium Strategy can be found a the bottom of this page.

    Details of past Pupil Premium Grant expenditure can be found at the bottom of this page.

    In 2016-17 financial year, the school will receive £1,320 of funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.

    This is given to the school on an incremental basis, following the Census in October and in January. The total Axmisnter will receive this financial year is £73,680 

    The total number of children on roll at Axminster is 214 (Nursery to Year 6). The total number of children entitled to the PPG is 64.

    The main barriers to learning can broadly be categorised as:

    • Low ahcievement and attainment
    • Underdeveloped social and cultural experiences
    • Communication difficulties
    • Vulnerable students 
    • Low aspirations

    During pupil progress meetings, these barriers are explored further and support is tailored to individual needs. 

    • Intervention to address areas of need for children in all years groups who are eligible to PPG. 
    • Intervention led by Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants to address areas of needs across the school
    • Support from our Pupil and Parent Support Assistants to improve punctuality and attendance, as well as providing nurture support
    • Half Termly workshops for parents
    • Cover for teachers to work with targeted parents
    • Staff training for the Power of Reading programme include license fee, course costs and staff cover costs
    • Training for new staff to develop collaborative learning/peer to peer support for children and run sessions on meta-cognition
    • Purchasing of Accellerated Readerand resources and training for staff involved
    • Dyslexia support for targeted children entitled to PPG
    • Cover costs for Pupil Progress Meetings which will focus on children entitled to PPG
    • Cover for staff to explore best practice at other schools
    • PPG champion to establish best practice and monitor individual progress of those children entitled to PPG
    • Financial support for children who are entitled to PPG in order to access extra-curricular clubs and school trips when this will lead to a clear educational benefit
    • Emotional Health Service support
    • As a school, we use the research done by the Education Endowment Foundation to help us plan our spending of the Pupil Premium Grant. Further information can be found here: http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/

    Review of initiatives happen throughout the year with a full review in July. The next strategic review will be July 2018

    • Measuring the progress of children every half-term to identify the rate of progress for our PPG children

    • Using this information to ensure targeted interventions are put in place for children who may not be making the expected level of progress

    • Evaluating and monitoring the interventions each term to ensure that they are having the desired impact on the rate of progress

    • Monitoring the results of pupil voice audits and surveys, e.g. PASS

    • Monitoring attendance and punctuality

    • The school uses eligibility for free school meals as the main measure of deprivation at pupil level.

    • The Local Authority provides all schools with a list of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.

    • This enables us to target identified children with the appropriate level of support as early as possible.

    • If you think your child is eligible for Free School Meals, please contact the school office for further support.

    If you feel that your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant or would like to discuss the funding further, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Mr Minton.

    PP overview 2017-18.pdf


    It is important that all parents entitled to Free School Meals claim their entitlement so that we can continue to receive the maximum funding available to maintain this provision in our schools. Ring 0345 155 1019 to apply for Free School Meals, or click here for an application form.

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