Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

The main aims of pupil premium are to:

  • Increase social mobility
  • Enable more pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to access the best education
  • Reduce the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupilsThe total amount of funding received by Roach Vale is:
  • The level of the premium in 2018-2019 is £1,320 per pupil for pupils eligible for FSM and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months. 
  • £100,121 in 2015-2016
  • £101,640 in 2016-2017
  • £106,920 in 2017-2018
  • £88,100 in 2018-2019

Main Barriers to Educational Achievement faced by Eligible Pupils

Briefly and in no particular order some of our children entitled to Pupil Premium may encounter the following barriers:

  • Poor attendance and/or late arrival at school
  • Poor wellbeing, confidence and engagement
  • Passive attitude to learning
  • Low literacy and numeracy skills
  • Difficult family breakdowns and ongoing family turmoil
  • Lack of resources at home to extend learning
  • Lack of opportunities to access clubs/ experiences out of school
  • Poor parental involvement
  • Parental mental health issues, other ill health issues
  • Limited speech and language on entry to school
  • Of course some of the children do not experience any of the above barriers.

What are we using the Pupil Premium Funding for? 

At Roach Vale in 2018-2019 the premium is being used to support the following services:





To recruit and retain experienced teachers to provide quality first teaching in order to meet the needs of all disadvantaged pupils.


One to one support work

For disadvantaged pupils in Year 2 and Year 6 who are at risk of falling below age related expectations. This is so that they can be tutored in areas of weakness to enable them to close the gaps between themselves and their non-disadvantaged peers.



To purchase quality learning resources so that disadvantaged pupils can have access to up-to-date support materials which they otherwise may not have at home e.g. study guides, educational magazines, ICT equipment etc.    


Educational Visits Support

To financially support children entitled to Pupil Premium Funding so that they can access school trips and broaden their educational experiences.


Staff Counselling

For staff who might benefit from advice and support through structured counselling so that they are able to deliver high quality first teaching at all times for all pupils


Educational Psychologist

For the services of an Educational Psychologist to support disadvantaged children who are experiencing barriers to their learning, so that their mental wellbeing allows them to be ready to learn.



To provide support to pupils who are both disadvantaged and with special educational needs so that they can access all educational opportunities provided for them.  


Attendance Solutions

For an attendance solutions project manager so that she can create and implement strategies to encourage and enforce school attendance for our disadvantaged pupils.    




Measuring the Impact of Pupil Premium Funding 

All our work through the Pupil Premium Grant will be aimed accelerating progress moving pupils entitled to Pupil Premium funding to at least age related expectations in reading, writing and maths.


The school will evaluate and review the impact of Pupil Premium Grant spending via data analysis and regular pupil progress meetings that take place between class teachers and Senior Leaders half termly. Also, through observations/drop-ins from Senior Leaders and subsequent dialogue with staff.


The Headteacher and Senior Leadership team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Governing Body on its progress and impact.



In 2018/19 we spent the Pupil Premium Allocation on:

  • Additional teaching time targeted at specific children
  • Additional learning support for groups in afternoons incorporating maths and English tuition
  • Targeted SEN support and 1:1 in addition to those grant funded
  • Additional learning support for children with challenging behaviour
  • Non-teaching Assistant Head time allowing better targeted assessment of the qualifying children
  • Purchase of software to assist with speech and language
  • Provision of counselling and support from outside agencies
  • Provision of play therapy
  • Forest school activities
  • Support for day trips, residential trips, base camp costs, resources, music
  • Purchase of interactive science curriculum "Inspire"

Impact of Pupil Premium 2018-2019  

The number of PPG children receiving counselling and support from outside agencies has increased considerably in the past year, but this work has resulted in the children being able to engage with their learning and so progress appropriately.

Impact can be seen in the progress made by children in receipt of PPG. Although these children often start from a lower baseline, the progress they make in the core subjects of reading, writing and maths is equal to or, in most cases greater than, the progress made by children not in receipt of PPG. This is true across all year groups.


The number of PPG children receiving counselling and support from outside agencies has increased considerably in the past year, but this work has resulted in the children being able to engage with their learning and so progress appropriately.



This Pupil Premium strategy will be reviewed in April 2019 for the financial year 2019/20



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  • Roach Vale, Colchester,
    Essex CO4 3YN
  • Tel: 01206 861324
  • Fax: 01206 869751
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