Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant 2016-17

This report fulfils a requirement for each school to report on the use and impact of the pupil premium grant. Additional funding is allocated to schools based on the number of pupils in receipt of free school meals (or have been eligible within the last six years, the so called ever 6 principle), children of service personnel and those in care (known as Looked After Children).


Fundamentally this additional funding (which represents about 2% of our school’s budget) is designed to narrow the attainment gap between students from disadvantaged families and their peers, where this exists.  At Ashton we invest in relatively small class sizes with a high adult to pupil ratio so that we can support every child. We also target funding to enable us to offer specific help to children through individually tailored intervention programmes. We track the progress of every child, as well as groups of children which is monitored by governors and our School Improvement Advisor. 


The report below sets out how we intend to use the PPG during the course of this academic year.

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received

Total number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG


Amount of PPG received per pupil


Total amount of PPG received

(*Includes an additional top up £580)


Nature of (intended) support 2016-17

We intend to allocated the funding received from the Pupil Premium Grant in the following ways which will benefit all pupils including those in receipt of PP:

  Supporting children’s learning through programmes delivered to individual or small groups for those children who need additional support or a “boost” to reach their potential (i.e. small group reading, numeracy support, writing support, nurture) These may include other children besides those in receipt of the grant who would also benefit

  Providing specialised resources for individuals and groups of pupils as recommended by specific agencies

  Supporting children’s learning in the classroom by ensuring that class sizes are as low as possible

  Ensuring high levels of Teaching Assistant provision throughout the school to provide targeted support in Numeracy and Literacy, as well as supporting the emotional needs of our children, including a dedicated member of staff to provide targeted support on three mornings per week in addition to Teaching Assistants in every class.

  Continuous professional development for staff

  Release opportunities for Teaching Assistants to meet to discuss intervention and share good practice

  Opportunities for staff to liaise with parents and outside agencies

In addition to the above, we intend to allocate the funding received from the Pupil Premium Grant to specifically target PP pupils in order to reduce financial disadvantage and promote each child’s well-being, self -esteem and a healthy lifestyle

  Pay for breakfast club for any child in receipt of PPG who wishes to attend

  Increase access to engage in extra-curricular activities

  Provide embroidered uniform items

  Offer financial support for school trips, including swimming lessons and residential visits to reduce pressure on voluntary payments

We have a member of our Governing Body, who takes a particular interest in Pupil Premium and meets with the children to discuss their learning and well-being and is happy to meet with parents if wished.

Measuring the impact of PPG spending 2015-16

The school evaluates the progress and attainment of every pupil termly. Those pupils who are failing to make expected progress are targeted with specific intervention strategies to support and improve their progress and attainment, in addition to receiving quality first teaching.

Last year the school used a new system to track the progress of all pupils. Within this system, pupils should make three strides of progress in reading, writing and mathematics within a year. All pupil premium pupils made between 2.5 and 3 strides progress except for one child in maths for whom there is now a specific intervention in place to support them. The attainment for all pupil premium pupils was equal to, and in some cases above, the average score for their year group (except pupil noted above).

Finally we encourage all parents to notify the school office if you are currently not in receipt of Free School Meals, but think you may be eligible because of your family’s income level, as this would make a difference to your income as a family and to us as a school.


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