Pupil Premium

  • The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant [PP], which is additional grant funding received by all schools, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals [FSM] and the peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
  • The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years.
  • Herringham also receives an additional grant for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of Service personnel.
  • If you think you may be entitled to claim for Free School Meals, please contact our Admin Team who will be only too pleased to offer advice and help to make your claim.  

2017 -18 Expenditure

In 2017-18 Herringham, of the 419 pupils on the school roll, 167 are subject to the PP.  The school is due to receive £220,440 for PP funding during the academic year.   This additional resource is used strategically as follows to ensure maximum impact on attainment as follows:

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In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we recognize that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognize that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.  We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium Funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged

Policy Commitment

The GLC Disadvantaged Pupils’ Policy requires that a member of the school’s leadership will oversee the provision for pupils entitled to the grant.  This will include:

  • Using data and other information to identify underachieving PP pupils;
  • Supporting staff so that they know who these pupils are and understand PP pupils’ precise learning needs;
  • Plan learning activities to ensure that underachieving children in receipts of the PP make rapid progress;
  • Target underachieving PP pupils for assessment for learning opportunities throughout lessons;
  • Praise, encourage and reward success and demand that PP pupils meet or exceed all expectations;
  • Prioritize the marking of underachieving PP pupils’ work during lessons and after ensuring it is marked with precision and rigour;
  • Track PP pupils’ data over time and other information such as question-level-analysis to plan interventions as appropriate;
  • Communicate with parents/ carers as necessary to encourage, gain support and praise pupils’ successes.

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  • In each area of the tested curriculum, there is a generally improving trend over time for all pupils, including those entitled to the Pupil Premium;
  • Formal test results and teachers’ professional predictions indicate that in 2018, there will be a substantial improvement in outcomes for all pupils, including those entitled to the Pupil Premium this year;
  • In reading, PP pupils’ test results indicated that they will out-perform other pupils in the school and exceed the 2016 National Other results.
  • In writing, PP pupils will perform very slightly better than other pupils in the school with the gaps in attainment over the last 2 year being closed.
  • In mathematics, the attainment gap of PP pupils compared with others in the school will have been reduced from -16% [in 2016] to -4%.

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  • Formal tests throughout the 2017-18 academic year, show that there has been a substantial improvement in the proportion of pupils [both All and PP] achieving Greater Depth.
  • In reading, PP pupils’ test results indicated that they will perform very slightly below [1%] other pupils in the school;
  • In writing, there is predicted to be a gap in attainment of 4% between PP pupils and other pupils in Year 6, but this is in the context of substantial improvement for both groups;
  • In mathematics, there is predicted to be a gap in attainment of 5% between PP pupils and other pupils in Year 6, but this is in the context of substantial improvement for both groups;
  • 2017, test outcomes show that PP pupils in Herringham performed better than other PP pupils nationally in reading; as well as others in writing, but below other PP pupils in mathematics.

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  • Whilst results in 2018 are predicted to improve overall, gaps remain between PP pupils and others in reading, writing and mathematics.
  • In 2017, Year 2 pupils performed less well than other PP pupils and ‘others’ generally.

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  • In 2018, teacher assessments and test results demonstrate that results for all Year 2 and PP pupils will exceed those achieved in 2017.   In 2018, PP pupils are predicted to match or exceed the 2017 outcomes for PP pupils nationally;
  • In 2017, the PP pupils performed below PP and ‘other’ pupils nationally.

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  • The proportion of Year 1 PP pupils meeting the phonics expectations have been consistently better than other PP pupils nationally.  In 2016 PP pupils performed better than other pupils nationally.  This is likely to be repeated in 2018.

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  • At the end of 2017 the attendance of PP pupils had improved from 2016 by 1.4% [from below that of other PP pupils to above].  This trend has continued throughout 2017-18;
  • Attendance in 2017 improved from below the National Average [in 2015-16] to broadly in-line.  This improving trend has continued in 2018.