Northgate Primary School

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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017/18

Children who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) attract a Pupil Premium of £1,320 per pupil - pp (Children in care and leaving care £1900 per pupil - hpp).

This money is included in the whole school budget and is not ring fenced for pp or hpp children only.

Barriers to learning in disadvantaged children (and many other children) in our school include:

  • Low aspirations with some families experiencing generations of parents and adult role models who have never entered the world of work
  • Overcrowded housing, sometimes with several families sharing living space designed for one
  • Lack of parental support to reinforce learning
  • Substance abuse by adult role models including drugs and alcohol
  • A culture of very few adults accessing further education beyond school
  • Poor job security, high employment in the summer, hardly any in the winter (seaside town)
  • Chaotic rules and boundaries in many homes
  • Up to 50% of children with very low speech and language skills on entry
  • High level of isolated families owing to lack of English speaking adults (children are expected to communicate in English for them)
  • Lack of specialist places for children with high level SEN means that they need specialist teaching in school
  • Some parents see school as a childcare service rather than a learning entitlement
  • Some parents place a low priority on sustained school attendance
  • A culture of suspicion of professional involvement with children (Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Paediatricians, Children’s services)
  • Low level of computer literacy in the community (except Facebook and Games consoles)
  • Lack of understanding of nutrition and sleep requirements by adults cause children to be poorly prepared for a busy school day
  • Very low incomes with priority sometimes given to adult needs above children’s

The following measures will be used to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged children:  Extra Teaching Assistant support in all classes

  • Acorns programme
  • Catch Up programme
  • Talking Partners Programme
  • Sound Discovery Programme
  • In class intervention groups
  • Specialist training for staff
  • Able Gifted and Talented opportunities in all subjects
  • English as an Additional Language intervention
  • Nurture Groups “Cosmic Corner” and “Stars”
  • Emotional Support with targeted Art Therapy for vulnerable children
  • Restorative Approaches
  • Children’s University
  • “Crickets” SEN support class for Key Stage 1
  • “Rockets” SEN support class for lower Key Stage 2  A variety of free after school clubs every day

These provisions have a proven track record enabling our children to make significant progress and are not provided exclusively for Pupil Premium children but a larger than average percentage is accessed by them. 


Pupil Premium Impact Statement 2016/17   Amount allocated to the school = £160,254


Amount spent

divided by PP as appropriate


Extra capacity in

Reception and Year

1 classes

Funding for

Ladybird’s Class

43% of



Reception results show that:

October:  17.24% (10) children were on track or sitting just below GLD. 

February:  29.82% (17) children are on track or sitting just below GLD.

June: 47.46% (28/59) children have achieved a GLD

These results are lower than last year because 29 out of 60 are summer born and there was a particular difficulty with maturity this year.

Early Years SEN 

43% of



Extra SEN cover in Early Years as SENCO has limited release time this year. This has facilitated interventions, ASD support, Advisory Teacher and Educational Psychology appointments to inform and provide early intervention.

Rockets Learning Support Unit

50% of 23,398 £11,699

Specialist SEN provision for lower Key Stage 2 children designed to support them to develop skills ready for Key Stage 2.

Extra Teaching

Assistant support in school includes

Catch Up, Talking partners and Sound

Discovery interventions

43% of



Results at end of Key Stage 1 assessments show that 69% are working at or above the expected standard in Reading, 43% in Writing and 64% in Maths.

Year 1 phonics check – 69% of our Year 1 pupils passed the check, a few missed by just one word and when all of these are added the score rises to 75%. This is a drop from last year because 37% of Year 1 children have SEN and the cohort has 22% EAL with little or no English. SEN in Year 1 accounts for 34% of the overall SEN load in school with 2 children attending a SRB for speech and language needs.

Intervention results show that the average progress in Catch Up Reading in Year 1 was +12.5 months, and in Year 2 +3 months.

In Year 3 NFER Reading tests 73% PP children achieved at or above age related expectations In Year 3 maths NFER tests 94% of PP children achieved age related expectations. In Year 4 this fell to 57% in Reading and 33% in maths.  In Year 4 32 % of children are PP, in Year 3 37% are PP.

Stars Social Skills intervention for Year 3 children


Some children have been identified as being very vulnerable and require a small social skills group to enable them to access lower Key Stage 2 curriculum in a small group. This has enabled children making the move from the Nurture Group more suitable to meet their needs as they transition to Key Stage 2.

Numbers Count (ACORNS)

43% of



The average progress made by each child on the intervention programme in the autumn term was 17 months, in the spring term, 9 months and in the summer term, 8.5 months.

34 children were targeted for support with 16 having further support to consolidate progress during the summer term.

Specialist ICT equipment

43% of £1,000 £430

New laptops purchased for use in Upper Key Stage 2 and Gooseberry Planet resource bought to use to ensure that the children have access to up to date online safety information.


(English Additional Language)

24% of £6,657  £2,773

Targeted support for children and their families with EAL – a new registration process to ensure that EAL parents have needs identified and translations are available.

Full time Parent

Support Advisor

43% of



18 support panels and 7 Fast Track cases for attendance have been overseen by the PSA. Overall attendance has remained fairly static since last year. Although we have tried to target the number of children late to school there has been a slight increase since last year although figures remain at less than 1%.Authorised and unauthorised absence has remained static although there has been an increase in the level of persistent absence as the criteria has changed from 90% to 85% and the overall numbers of pupils in school is steadily increasing by 30 per year since 2015. The number of pupils on CP plans has decreased but there are many more on interventions such as Family Support Plans (FSP) or Pastoral Support Plans (PSP). There have been no permanent exclusions this year although there were 10 fixed term, 3 of these for a child recently joined from the PRU.

Staff Professional Development 

43% of



Teachers have had the opportunity to attend professional development sessions in a variety of curriculum areas including maths, literacy and the humanities. We have used the resources of a maths advisor to refine and develop our new curriculum for Key Stage 2. 

Free school meals and fruit for Years 3

and 4


School has funded free meals for children entering Key Stage 2. These are offered to all regardless of PP status

Curriculum enrichment:

43% of £5,640 £2,425

Coaches for visits, each year group has been enabled to undertake a visit connected with their topic;  Portals to the Past, Years 3 and 4 have had the opportunity to explore History through experience; Music Tuition, Years 2,3 and 4 have had ukulele and recorder lessons; Goldcrest Outdoor Learning have provided hands on outdoor learning for KS2 children.

After School clubs offering

extracurricular activities


Start Active and Sport Active facilities provided by Premier Sports every day during term time. These facilities are offered free to all children in school with the aim of allowing every child to access some out of school learning every term.

These are open to all regardless of PP status.

Nurture group


This year over 50% of children supported in Nurture have been Pupil Premium children. This resource is not based on PP funding so is not included in the total.

Extra Midday supervision

2x extra staff   £1,520

Behaviour support to target increased numbers at lunchtime has enhanced the experiences for our children and improved afternoon behaviour in classrooms.

Total expenditure in 2016-17 = £182,332 exceeding the Pupil Premium allocation by £22,078