15 Jan

Disadvantaged Pupil Premium – This is raised by the number of children who are eligible for free school meals – even if they do not wish to take this up and stay with a packed lunch. Pupil premium is used to provide extra support for Free School Meal pupils through class teacher support, individual / small group short programmes with teaching assistants.

St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary prides itself on knowing all of the children very well and using our experienced staff to deliver and recommend approaches when and as necessary.

April 2016 – March 2017   £70,680

April 2017 – March 2018   £71,721

The next review of St. Ethelbert’s Disadvantaged Pupil Strategy will be in June 2018.

The school measures attainment in reading, maths and writing at the end of every term (6 times a year!) and so interventions vary accordingly. Pupil premium makes a specific impact on more of our school’s pupils achieving added progress  and expected at  Reception, Year 2 and Year 6. This enhances their life chances at Secondary school and further education. To date, the money has made an impact in all classes from Reception Class to Year 6 where pupils are below the national average. The money has been spent on:

  • teaching assistant support in class for SEN groups – reading, phonics, writing and maths – every day – all morning – this has proven impact on attainment and well-being in every case.
  • one-to-one support – this has proven impact on attainment and well-being in every case.
  • Toe-by-Toe phonics individual support – 100% progress
  • support of residential – otherwise pupils would miss out on the one week residential in Year 6 and the one day residential in Year 4
  • support of payable after school clubs – this impacts on well-being and learning wider skills.
  • Joining the Kent Children’s University to support outside school learning with families and also the encouragement to take up the school’s after-school
  • specialist teacher release to boost pupils – this has 100% success in making pupils more confident, enhancing skills and improving their life chances in secondary school and beyond
  • Better Reading Partnership teaching assistant intervention and training – this programme is monitored by Beanstalk as well as by in-school progress data.
  • homework club – 100% impact on well-being and attainment
  • purchase of shoes, uniform and coats
  • volunteer DBS checks
  • Early years intervention – especially English language intervention for pupils that do not speak English
  • phonic support for Year 1 – this has instantaneous 100% impact

All pupils have made progress and this impacts their well-being and attainment in the school. Poor readers move up at least one colour reading band in just 5 weeks. Poor mathematicians obtain more learning objectives. Poor spellers tend to make rapid progress with our spelling programmes and we note the older the child is the more progress they make. This multi-strategy programme supports pupils weak in phonics and pupils who have ‘dyslexic’ type problems. The impact is assessed by the six end of term assessments and written reports to the headteacher.

If you are eligible for Free School Meals please see Mrs Gregory, Mrs Lockwood,  Mr Letts or the School Office. This will always be treated with complete confidentiality – as this raises the funds to maximise your child’s and our pupils’ success.

Disadvantaged Pupil Action Plan 2016-17

Area of strength
Cross-links with AEN ensuring provision is not duplicatedPastoral care incorporating well being and involvement (whole school participation).

Daily contact with Flo this ensures parents and child’s needs supported in all areas.

Raise online data shows good progress for disadvantaged children.

Early identification of needs both educational and emotional.

School parent partnership is strong.

Observed many powerful lessons with good levels of understanding of the learning objects


Areas of development identified Actions Timescale / Deadline Responsibility Actual results achieved / Date
Session delivered by Key TA’s using little and often approach that enables consolidation of learning.
  • More explicit success criteria to be given every session.
  • Quality first teaching to continue skills being learned in small group interventions in the classroom.
From term 3 onwards


From term 3 onwards

Class teacher’s



Class teachers / Teaching assistance to keep on-going records and assessments

To ensure continued early recognition and appropriate interventions are swiftly address and utilised in KS1.Skill-based approach to learning.
  • Continue to source new programmes for learning to ensure accelerated progress.
  • Regular discussion with SEN team with meetings recorded with actions.
From term 3 onwards from term 3 DH to source new programmes

Class teachers / SEN team to set regular meeting dates

Developing opportunities for KS2 children. To gain experiences that may not be available to them.Experience-based approach to learning.
  • Continue to liaise with Forest School Quex Park Manor House to develop enriched curriculum.
  • Pupil Voice exercises to establish personal interest of PP children and deliver activities to encompass these interests.
From term 3 DH

Class teachers /Pupil

To review the percentage of PP children taking up extra curriculum activities in the school.
  • Take in club registers and perform an analysis against disadvantaged pupil list.
From term2 DH ½ GPS boost pp.
To seek external advice from successful school to enhance our provision for PP children.
  • Headteacher to arrange a visit from successful school.
Term 2 HT Date set for 22/11/16

Pupil Premium

‘We will serve Jesus with Our Heart, Mind, Body and Soul’

The pupil premium is central government funding paid to schools and is designed to support additional provision for students in receipt of free school meals now and if at any point in the last six years.

It is part of a recognised study both nationally and internationally that economic disadvantage has a negative impact on the student attainment. The pupil premium, therefore, should be used to close the gap between these students and is aimed to eradicate any disadvantage.

At St Ethelbert’s we have a high percentage of children known to be eligible for pupil premium (26% for 2015/16).

Our principles

At St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary

  • As a school, we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
  • Through hard work and dedication, we provide a quality learning experience and opportunities for as many pupils as possible.
  • Through analysis and outcomes, we ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • St Ethelbert’s tracks all vulnerable groups and uses the data to provide intervention and support.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources mean that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time. However, throughout the year they will be in receipt of many extra curriculum experiences.
  • We strive to break through barriers to learning by developing home-school partnerships from the very beginning of the children’s school life. On occasion, difficulties may arise through lack of information or misunderstandings. Our school aims to support all pupils and parents to ensure good quality education for all.

If as a parent, should you wish to discuss how the Pupil Premium is spent please do not hesitate to contact us.

Number of pupils and pupil premium received for September 2016- August 2017 (numbers may go up or down if children join or leave the school)

Number of children on roll 209
Pupil Premium Children /Ever 6 pupils 47
Adopted, LAC and Forces Pupils   5
Total 52
Pupil premium funding April 2016- March 2017 £70680


Number of pupils and Pupil Premium Received for April 15 – April 16


Number of pupils on roll 211
Pupil Premium Children FSM 25
EVER 6 Pupils 24
Adopted children 3
Armed Forces Pupils 1
(1)   TOTAL 55
(2)  Pupil Premium Funding April 2015 to March 2016 £57,612
Amount of PPG received. £1274




St Ethelbert’s finds that some pupils start school at a very low starting point and need time to catch up with the National average in the attainment of other pupils. This is supported by quality first teaching, highly trained teaching assistants and a whole school desire for the children to make progress. This is also supported by a small group and individual help when required.Some pupils have attendance problems which means that they have missed long periods or odd days each week/month and they suffer from a lack of routine and gaps in their curriculum knowledge. This is supported by our Family Liaison Officer who monitors absence and late arrivals and makes immediate contact to support the family concerned. Referrals to the school nurse and Early help can support a regular and timely attendance pattern.Some pupils come with poor learning behaviours which impede their access to a whole class lesson and even small group lessons. Often, they need to develop social skills, self-esteem and confidence. This is supported by our two specialist SEN teaching assistant running groups such as Lego Therapy, Buddy the School Dog, clever hands, social skills groups, etc. Some children do not have any of these barriers except a lack of income to give them the opportunities that wealthier pupils take for granted. Pupil premium provision has to be tailored to each child to support progress, attainment, well-being and enjoyment of school. 

Areas of spending

Actions focused on learning in the curriculum

Examples of these include Reading BRP Interventions, booster groups for the English language for learning including Phonics, Grammar and Writing Interventions, including Read, Write Inc programme.

Actions focused on social, emotional and mental well being issues

Examples of these include access to counselling services, social skills groups and anger management interventions. Access to an educational psychologist, speech and language therapy services, and specialist teaching and learning services can be bought in.

Actions focused on families and the community

Examples include family support and include the schools Family Liaison Officer. We have, in addition, an attendance officer and are able to buy in additional support from the County EWO team. We at St Ethelbert’s are proud of our homeschool partnership and we all work hard to support and reach out to all families. We have strong links with the parish and the local community.

Actions focused on enrichment beyond the curriculum

Examples of these include school trips both day and residential. We also invest in visitors to the school who bring additional expertise to our children from drama to handling reptiles.

This has also included investment in online learning and home learning opportunities with access to computers, laptops and tablets. We aim to give all our children experiences beyond the curriculum some which may be beyond individual families budgets.

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