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Pupil Premium Funding for 2015 – 2016

Impact Statement


Our allocation for Pupil Premium Funding 2015-2016 was £165,000 


Over the last academic year we have continued to track the progress of all our pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium in order to assess the impact, or difference this additional funding has made to their learning outcomes.

All named pupils who have ever been in receipt of FSM have been regularly discussed and targeted with specific additional educational provision and opportunity to ensure that at least expected progress, compared with national figures, could be achieved.


How the funding was spent?

What difference did this make for our children? IMPACT

Employing 2 additional teachers within staffing structure


Additional targeted teaching in Upper School


Additional increased TA in class support across the school

Pupils received quality first teaching and coped well with the new curriculum and the new statutory tests.


Like many schools across the country our results did not meet the national floor standard for attainment. Our results however, for the new schools progress measure mean that we are above the National Standard in terms of progress made whilst at our school.


Reading progress measure = -4

Writing progress measure = -2.1

Maths progress measure = -1.9


Our KS1 data shows that (8/13) 62% of disadvantaged children were teacher assessed as reaching expected levels in Reading and Maths and (6/13) 46% in Writing in July 2016.


School is still awaiting validated data for FSM pupils 2015/16


Transition Project




















Additional HLTA support in Reception/Foundation Stage


The independent learning behaviours promoted through the project and the additional TA time ensured that daily, small group phonics sessions were delivered to all children throughout the year.

 As a result of this 75% of disadvantaged pupils (9/12) were able to achieve the required pass mark in the Year 1 Phonic Screening in 2016.


Year 1 internal data shows that 58% (7/12) of disadvantaged pupils met end of year expectations in Reading; 50% (6/12) in Writing and 67% (8/12) in Maths.




Bespoke intervention throughout Foundation Stage resulted in 60% (9/15) of disadvantaged pupils achieving the Good Level of Development.


School is still awaiting validated data for FSM pupils (2015/16)


As children are still entering St. Mark’s below national expectations we feel that our data does in fact demonstrate a positive move towards meeting the nationally required Good Level of Development. However, we are constantly striving for better and are aware that there is still an in school gap for most of our disadvantaged pupils. We also believe that to close these gaps we need to continue to target our children on entry to prevent the gap from widening

Pupil Premium coordinator







Regular Pupil Progress Meetings timetabled to monitor, and track progress and attainment and to review and assess provision in place for named pupils. Governors have also been updated regularly.

Speech and Language support







Children have been receiving packages of speech therapy over the year and as a consequence 50% of our disadvantaged pupils have received therapy over the year and have been discharged from the programme.




Drumming and vocal DPA music lessons

This cultural activity has served to enrich the curriculum and raise aspirations for all of our pupils. Many have taken up the opportunity to perform at out of school events including the Town Hall and several (including those from the disadvantaged group) have attended Saturday percussion workshops.



Pupils who are eligible for the Pupil Premium have made achievements in this academic year (2015/16) however, we are very much aware that the gaps for our pupils are not closing at the rates that we would like to see. Strategic decisions will therefore continue to be made to make the best use of the             Pupil Premium funding in order to overcome barriers to learning for our pupils at St Mark’s.








Pupil Premium Funding for April 2016 – March 2017

Number of Pupils & Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) received


Total number of pupils on role

293 including Nursery

241 main school

Total number of pupils eligible for PPG


Amount of PPG received per pupil


Total amount of PPG received

£147,840 (approx.)


Objectives in spending PPG

  • To ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all our pupils
  • To enable all pupils to make at least typical progress
  • To offer intervention to enable progress to be accelerated in order to close in- school attainment gaps between eligible pupils and their peers.
  • To establish appropriate provision for all pupils and promote the need for age expectations to be met by all.
  • To ensure that Floor Standards at the end of KS2 are achieved.
  • To close gaps in attainment between eligible pupils and their peers nationally.
  • To ensure that pupils are targeted appropriately so that provision is put in place to allow for above expected progress and higher levels of attainment to be achieved





For the current academic year, School Governors have allocated Pupil Premium funding in the following ways:





Employing 1 additional teacher within staffing structure

To continue to reduce class sizes allowing for teachers to provide increased quality and quantity of feedback.




Targeted intervention coordinator

To use 2.5 days a week of SENCO time to lead and coordinate interventions more closely


£ 27,000


Transition Project

Ongoing project which requires resourcing and TA support. Project also being extended into Year 2 provision


£ 2,000 Resources

£ 10,000 TA support


To offer additional learning support in Reception/ Foundation Stage



To offer 20 hours of HLTA support



£ 14,500


Pupil Premium coordinator

Deputy Head Teacher to give 10% time to assess and evaluate provision


£ 6,500

Speech and Language support

To continue to fund Speech and Language therapist for 3 hrs a week



Drumming and vocal DPA music lessons


Music teacher salary –


Increased in class support across the school as a result of continued levels of disadvantage


70 hours a week of extra Teaching Assistant time (New staff taken on to offer this provision)




Total proposed spend



£ 149,500


Expected Outcomes

  • At the end of KS1 pupils receiving PPG will be meeting age related expectations in Reading, Writing and Maths.
  • At the end of KS2 pupils receiving PPG will be meeting age related expectations in English and Maths
  • The gap between pupils receiving PPG and their peers will be reduced further so that in-school gaps are minimal and results are more in line with National figures for ALL pupils.



We are committed to supporting children who are in residential and foster care. All staff have a clear understanding of the confidentiality and issues that affect Looked After Children and we have many effective strategies and provision in place to support the needs of any vulnerable pupils.

Our school designated teacher with responsibility for Looked After Children is Mrs. M. Makarounas who is also our SENCO.



At St. Mark’s we recognise and celebrate the diversity within our catchment area and welcome the contribution which different groups and individuals make to the community. Our children are encouraged to value all individuals whatever their differences as we work together to build a cohesive community within our school and beyond.