Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to all schools to support disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Cheam Park Farm Primary Academy (CPFPA) receives pupil premium for: children that are cared for or adopted from care; children whose parents are in the armed forces; and for every pupil who has received free school meals over the past 6 years.

Find out more about Pupil Premium on the Government's Website

How can I find out if my child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding?

The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. You can check online using a ‘Free School Meals / Pupil Premium Service’ at www.fsm.lgfl.net. After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify our school. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the office staff by calling 020 8644 7415 (9am-4pm), who will be able to assist you through this process. All enquiries will be treated in confidence.

Children in Reception and KS1 are automatically entitled to a free school lunch; however, registering your child for free meals will entitle them to additional support with the cost of school visits, PTA events and extra-curricular clubs, as well as raising additional funds for the school.

How is the funding used? 

At CPFPA we seek to ensure the effectiveness of our use of the Pupil Premium. We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and look for individual ways to support each child to achieve their very best as well as attempting to innovative in the support that we provide. We use entry and exit judgements for all the support that is given and carefully track them to ensure progress is being made at all times. We evaluate our support plans throughout their timescale and make changes if we feel that it is necessary.

We do this by offering our children a wide range of opportunities and ensuring that these are accessible for everyone. We work with our families and colleagues to make sure everyone has high aspirations for all pupils. We ensure pupil premium children are well represented and have a voice in our school councils, learning council, junior PTFA and Eco squads; as well as ensuring that individual from this group of children are chosen as Sports Leaders, Pupil Advocates and Ambassadors. In addition, we make use of educational research such as The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, to guide us on how best to use the school’s resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

Some ways in which we plan to spend the money:

Enriching the Curriculum

  • Whole school enterprise week focusing on increasing ambition and opportunity
  • Subsidised class trips and residentials Workshop and Theatre performances
  • Free places given to after school enrichment clubs
  • Free group instrumental music tuition, including hire of instrument, payment of exam and orchestra subscription
  • Free swimming lessons for KS1 Use of specialist staff: Art, Music, PE coach
  • Quality first teaching strategies
  • Ensuring pupil premium children are well represented in our pupil voice groups

Targeted support

  • Tailoring each intervention to suit each child
  • Booster groups
  • One-to-one tuition for able and underperforming pupils in Year 6
  • Small group support
  • Speech and language support
  • English as an additional language support
  • Use of high quality IT hardware and software for all children
  • Homework clubs

Well-being support

  • Family support worker
  • High quality wrap around care
  • Emotional literacy support assistant (ELSA) trained staff
  • Friendship group
  • Wake Up and Shake Up

Increase in attendance and punctuality

  • Provide an effective breakfast club which is available to pupils from disadvantaged families - subsidised / free
  • Provide before school clubs - Pupil Premium children have first access to these

Staff training

  • Weekly professional development 
  • Training for support staff
  • Progress meetings with a focus on Puiil Premium children

Parental engagement

  • Reading and maths workshops provided for parents

How we plan to demonstrate impact of spending

  • We now have a designated pupil premium lead teacher who is part of the senior leadership team of the school
  • Pupil premium is very much at the top of the schools agenda and tracking systems have been put in place to show the impact of each intervention being provided
  • Advice and support has been sought from a variety of agencies in order to ensure we are being innovative in the way the money is being spent and maximum impact is being achieved
  • The designated pupil premium lead has attended specific training on getting value for money with the PPG funding
  • A designated governor has been allocated to ensure the PPG is being effectively spent.  

How often will funding be reviewed?

Pupil premium expenditure will be reviewed at the end of each intervention where appropriate and each term for ongoing support.

How we spent the pupil premium in 2018/19



Outcome / Impact


To provide additional differentiated support.

Specific provision given to children to support learning in class.

All disadvantaged pupils accessed differentiated support. Progress was made by the lowest achieving.

Book scans and learning walks revealed that DA children are engaging well with the curriculum and that outcomes have increased.



To engage with parents to develop an understanding of their child's barriers to learning - presented at school and at home.


Parent workshops were run and particular parents of disadvantaged pupils were sent a personal invitations to attend.

There was an increase in the number of parents of disadvantaged pupils attending the workshops. Parents shared key information which impacted the class teacher's planning.


To provide emotional support for individuals at a more intense level to in turn see an increase in pupil attainment.


ELSA one-to-one support sessions.

To increase number of trained ELSA practitioners

Staff report that the children who attended ELSA became more focused and on task in class which had a knock on effect on attainment.

Staff ELSA numbers had increased from 2 to 4.


To ensure all children access residential trips


Offer support to parents who are struggling to pay for the trip, when requested. 

7 DA children in year 6 visited the Isle of Wight, 4 DA children visited France in year 5 and in year 4, four children visited High Ashurst. 


To implement the pilot the Pupil Premium Pride Project in year 6


1:1 Tutoring

1:1 Coaching (wellbeing and reading provision)


80% of DA children achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined. 20% of DA children achieved the higher standard in the combined measure.


To employ a Family Support Worker (FSW)


Provide professional advice to parents who need tailored support to

Parents able to support children with anxiety and low confidence.

Positive feedback from parents in support of the FSW intervention 


To increase engagement with extra-curricular clubs  


To reserve spaces children to access the wider curriculum (Mandarin classes, clubs, music lessons, Explore Learning sessions)

Invest in booking software and school leaders organising clubs, groups and allocations. 

78% of all DA children participated in extracurricular activities throughout the year.  


To increase attendance and punctuality of disadvantaged pupils and give the children a good start to the day.

Individualised disadvantaged pupils, were there were concerns given free places on the school's breakfast club.

Travel expenditure - encouraging 100% attendance.

Attendance improved for some disadvantaged pupils but punctuality improved for all.

80% of all DA children have a good level of attendance. 


KS2 Attainment Data for 2018/19


Expected Standard +

Working at Greater Depth



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