Pupil Premium

John Gulson Primary School

 The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)

The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to children who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), Service Children and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months – this includes Looked After Children (LAC)

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils at their school.

From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium Grant. This will ensure that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and extra support that they receive.

Our allocation for Funding

Year 2013-2014 was £118,389
Year 2014-2015 was £283,400
Year 2015-2016 was £257,180
Year 2016-2017 is £252,120

At JohnGulsonPrimary School we are constantly looking for strategies that will have maximum impact on the learning outcomes for children whilst providing the best value for money. Pupil Premium is a valuable resource which we plan to use wisely.

Basic Characteristics of our school are

  • 34% of our children are eligible for pupil premium.
  • 96% of our children are from ethnic minority groups
  • 83% of our children do not speak English as their first language

PPG Spending

Many of our the pupils attending John Gulson Primary School start their early years of schooling with little or no understanding of English.The School ensures that this is compensated for throughout the pupil’s educational journey through school.

Teaching assistants support class teachers in English and Mathematics enabling better adult/pupil ratio. The teaching assistants’ role is to offer support with teaching and learning to reduce the deficit in pupils understanding English. Many of the teaching assistants employed at the school speak the community languages of the families and so are invaluable in the support they provide to the school and in it’s drive to raise standards.

Teaching Assistants manage a variety of Interventions e.g.:

  • Structured Language Units
  • One to One tuition
  • Read, Write, Inc.
  • Speech and Language groups
  • Rapid Reading (group and individual)
  • 1 to 1 targeted reading
  • Number Counts (maths)
  • Playground support from Learning Mentors and Play Partners
  • Targeted small group work in literacy and mathematics
  • Targeted group work for pupils identified as more able in reading, writing and mathematics

The PPG has also enabled more release time for Senior Leaders to work with parents and community.  Regular Home/School Link Meetings/workshops and adult classes to help raise children’s progress.

Our evidence shows that this use of PPG is helping to narrow the gaps between learners.

We were delighted with the results of our end of Key Stage assessments which shows that our targeted interventions were successful in improving outcomes for children.  (2014)


Planned spending of Pupil Premium Grant for this financial year:

Spending Aim
Contribution to non-contact time for all class teachers to meet Deputy Headteacher half termly (Pupil progress/Inclusion meetings) To support staff in using assessment information to identify children who are vulnerable to underachievement and plan interventions/additional support.
Additional TAs in KS2 to support Read Write Inc / Numicon / Number Counts Provide interventions for children vulnerable to underachievement in Key Stage 2 – this has been targeted to accelerate the progress of those children leaving Key Stage 1 below age related expectations.
Additional teaching assistants in KS1 and EYFS to support Read, Write Inc / Numicon / Number Count. Provide interventions for children vulnerable to underachievement in Key Stage 1 – this has been targeted to accelerate the progress of those children below age related expectations and those not making expected progress.
Contribution to the salary cost full time Learning Mentor. To support pupils’ self-esteem, attitudes to learning, sense of well-being, enjoyment of school. To provide ongoing support for families including delivering parenting courses. To liaise with outside agencies to support children and families in their homes and improve attendance.
Booster Classes (KS1 and KS2) Provide additional support (before and after school) to boost children’s confidence to make rapid improvement in their learning.
Staff development (e.g. Speech and Language, Autism training) To provide opportunities for staff (teachers & support staff) to develop further skills that will enable pupils to make the most possible progress e.g. effective marking and feedback, delivery of specific interventions to support lower attaining children,
Fund  Breakfast club To improve attendance and to ensure that children have the fuel needed for a busy day.
Provide funding for after school clubs To support pupils’ self-esteem, attitudes to learning, sense of well-being, enjoyment of school, keeping healthy
Plas Dol-y-moch funding To ensure that all pupils’ have an opportunity to take part in a residential experience.
Contribution to storyteller To ensure all children have an opportunity to work with the storyteller.
Art Therapy Children entitled to PPG have access to Art Therapy to support their social and emotional needs
Austism Resources Additional resources made available for PPG pupils to support them at home
Visits To ensure PPG pupils have are able to take part in planned school visits
Guitar Lessons To ensure PPG pupils have the opportunity to attend guitar lessons.
Revision guides Revision guides made available to pupils in Year 6 to support their learning at home.
Booster sessions To support all pupils in Year 6 to reach Age Related Expectations at the end of the year.
One-to-one tuition To support pupils to reach Age Related Expectations at the end of the year
Additional Speech and Language therapist time To ensure pupils identified as needing support are seen by the Speech and Language therapist.
ICT Equipment Identified pupils’ provided with ICT equipment to use at home to support home learning.
School Uniform To provide school uniform for identified pupils.

Key Stage 2 Attainment (2017). Percentage of pupils at expected standard

Pupils RWM  Reading Writing SPaG Mathematics
School Nat Diff  School Nat Diff School  Nat Diff School Nat Diff  School Nat Diff
All Pupils 52% 62% -10% 60% 72% -12% 77% 77% 0% 71% 77% -7% 71% 75% -4%
Disad Pupils 42% 67% -25% 54% 77% -23% 63% 81% -18% 70% 82% -12% 76% 80% -4%
Other Pupils 53% 67% -14% 60% 77% -17% 75% 81% -6% 71% 82% -11% 67% 80% -13%
Within Sch gap -10% -6% -12% -1 9

Key stage 2 Progress (2017).

PUPILS Reading Writing Mathematics
School National School National School National
All Pupils -1.8 0 0.3 0 -0.5 0
Disad Pupils -2.9 0.3 -2.1 0.2 -1.1 0.3
Other Pupils -1.06 0.3 1.81 0.2 -0.17 0.3

Key Stage 2 Average Scaled Score (2017)

Pupils Reading SPaG Mathematics
School National School National School National
All 102 104 106 106 103 104
Disad Pupils 101 105 105 107 103 105
Other Pupils 102 105 106.5 107 104 105