What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. This funding is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities that exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

This funding is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point over the last six years; children who have been “looked after” for more than six months, children who have left local authority care or children of service personnel.

The DFE has given us the freedom to use the Pupil Premium as we see fit, based on the knowledge of our pupils’ needs.

Nature of Support in 2020-2021

At St. Cyprian’s Primary School, we continued to use the additional funding to support a variety of strategies to best meet the needs of each individual child for whom the grant funding was allocated, including:

  • high quality, inclusive teaching.
  • precision teaching by the class teacher.
  • pupils taught in groups with other pupils who are working at a similar level.
  • focused support from skilled teaching assistants, both in class and in small groups.
  • individual tuition, by the class teacher or another experienced teacher.
  • intervention strategy supports from teaching assistants (for example: Writing, Reading programme).
  • Pastoral support programmes
  • personalised support (including pastoral support) for individual pupils, to meet their needs.
  • supporting parents to fund clubs and trips. All interventions are highly targeted over a period of time, according to need.

Pupil Premium Funding

For the academic year 2020/2021, we received £89,330 in Pupil Premium funding. In the academic year 2020-21 the percentage of free school meals was 16.6%.


It was planned to spend an additional £20,000 on Pupil premium children in 2020-21.


The Pupil premium funding was spent on premium was spent in the following ways:

  • To provide small group work with an experienced teacher focusing on overcoming gaps in learning £47,000
  • To provide small group work with an experienced teaching assistant focusing on overcoming gaps in learning £23,000
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by trained TAs £27,500 24,500
  • External agencies (Creative Dance & Drama) £5,500
  • Mini bus costs £4,500
  • Resources: £1500


Monitoring the impact of Pupil Premium Grant

Mr Vradis (Head Teacher) and Mrs Adrien (Deputy Head) have overall responsibility for the attainment and progress of Pupil Premium children although ensuring the progress of eligible pupils and evidencing this is a whole-school priority.

Children’s progress and attainment is tracked and monitored carefully to ensure they achieve their full potential. Regular monitoring and evaluation is key to ensuring effectiveness of expenditure.

Monitoring is a joint responsibility of the class teacher and Senior Leaders and regular assessment data is analysed and acted upon.

Through our Governing Body meetings, we report clearly on data for Pupil Premium and a transparent expenditure line is maintained in our financial monitoring so governors can link value for money with impact.


School context 2020-2021
Total number of

pupils eligible

for pupil



Number of




Number of

eligible girls


Number of pupils

eligible for free

school meals


Number of

looked after




Number of


66 33 33 56 0 0



During the period September 2021 to August 2022, St. Cyprian’s expects to receive a total of £86000 in Pupil Premium Grant.

In 2021-22, the proposed spend is as follows:


  • To provide small group work with an experienced teacher focusing on overcoming gaps in learning. In year 3 and 4 using Read Write Inc resources and giving 1:1 support in literacy and numeracy. £23,000
  • To provide small group work with an experienced teaching assistant focusing on overcoming gaps in learning £19,000
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by trained TAs £23,000

ELSA - An emotional literacy intervention developed and supported by educational psychologists.   It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

PIC – An intervention to support children who have a speech and language delay to help improve their attention and listening, expressive and receptive language, auditory memory, with questions and inferring.  The group also helps to boost children’s confidence by pre-teaching difficult words and concepts.

Lego Build to Express - An emotional literacy intervention to encourage children to communicate complex thoughts and ideas.  It promotes open discussion, encourages creativity, reflection and problem solving, engages and motivates students to express their ideas and supports them by giving them a hands-on-tool to represent and communicate their ideas, helps them to practice active listening and develop confidence when others are listening them.

  • External agencies (Creative Dance and Drama) £5,500

Children are receiving drama and dance sessions which has allowed them to use their creative mind to explore the world around them by using self-expression.

  • Mini buses to reduce cost of travel £4,500
  • Resources: £500
  • Delivering a Cookery Programme £1,900

The children are involved in preparing and cooking a range of dishes. They learn about nutrition and healthy life styles.

  • To enrich the children’s curriculum by providing an enriching outdoor experience, developing their life long skills. This is carried out by a specialists Forest School teacher £3,600
  • To support the emotional wellbeing of children so that they are better equipped to learn and progress £4,950