Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil premium is additional funding allocated to all schools in England to support disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. This budget includes pupils who are currently entitled to free school meals, have been free schools meals in the past six years (FSM ‘Ever 6’), children that are cared for or adopted from care and children whose parents are in the armed forces.

How should the money be spent?


It is entirely up to individual schools to decide how the pupil premium is spent, however there is an expectation that schools can prove the impact this money has had on its disadvantaged pupils. It is imperative that as a school we fully understand each of our disadvantaged pupils and know exactly what they need to help them to ‘be the best they can be’ in their learning.

At Cheam Park Farm our approach is simple; we invest our time in getting to know our pupils really well, not just their academic ability and progress but as a whole child. We work hard to fully understand what support a pupil may need to help them achieve in a specific area and where possible we try to involve them in the process.

We acknowledge that no one child is the same and therefore ensure the support they receive is tailored to their individual needs; whether it be welfare support, individualised learning programmes, enrichment activities to boost confidence, self-esteem and general enriching experiences or even support to develop friendships.


Our approach

At Cheam Park Farm 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 therefore attempt to be innovative in the support that we provide. We use entry and exit judgements for all 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 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 on our school council and other pupil groups.


Pupil Premium Funding for 2018/19

  • Total number of pupils on roll - 895
  • Total number of pupils eligible for pupil premium grant (PPG) - 53
  • Amount of PPG received per pupil - £1,315
  • Total amount of PPG received - £66,695

Some ways in which we plan to spend the money

Enriching the curriculum

  • Quality first teaching strategies
  • We ensure pupil premium children are well represented and have a voice on our school council, learning council and junior travel ambassadors
  • Deepened understanding of all pupils  
  • Whole school enterprise days
  • Subsidised class trips
  • Workshop and theatre performances
  • Free places given to after school enrichment clubs

Targeted support

  • Tailoring each intervention to suit each child
  • Reading support teacher (reading recovery style)
  • Small group support
  • Booster groups
  • One-to-one tuition for able and underperforming pupils
  • Speech and language support
  • English as an additional language support
  • Use of high quality IT hardware and software to support achievement
  • Homework clubs

Wellbeing support

  • Family support worker
  • High quality wrap around care
  • Emotional literacy support assistant (ELSA) trained staff
  • Pupil coaching
  • Friendship circles
  • Games club

Increase in attendance and punctuality

  • Provide an effective breakfast club with a real focus on supporting pupils from disadvantaged families
  • Improve attendance at before school clubs to provide enrichment opportunities and impact on punctuality

Staff training

  • Weekly training for support staff
  • Regular staff training, for example ICT programmes
  • Intensive training for teaching staff in further developing quality first teaching strategies in the classroom

Extending school support

  • Subsidised school journeys
  • Free or subsidised music lessons
  • Free or subsidised after school club and breakfast club places

Parental engagement

  • Reading and maths workshops for parents
  • Drop In sessions to meet the inclusion manager

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





National (2019)




National (2018)























Reading, Writing & Maths