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.

You can find out more about the pupil premium on the GOV.UK website

Read our Pupil Premium Policy.

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 Common our approach is simple; we invest our time in getting to know our pupils really well, not just their academic ability and progress but also the whole child. We work hard to fully understand what support a pupil may need to help them achieve in a specific area and we 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 Common Junior Academy 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 judgments for all support that is being put in place and carefully track them to ensure progress is being made at all times. We evaluate our support plans throughout their timescales and we are not afraid to make changes if we feel this is appropriate.

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 on our school council, learning council and other pupil groups.

Pupil premium funding for 2016/17

  • Total number of pupils on roll - 365
  • Total number of pupils eligible for pupil premium grant (PPG) - 51
  • Amount of PPG received per pupil - £1,300
  • Additional PPG received - £2,340
  • Total amount of PPG received - £68,640

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. The next full review will be December 2016.

Pupil premium funding for  2015/16

Number of pupils and pupil premium (PP) received in the 2015/16 financial year

  • Total number of pupils on roll - 323
  • Total number of pupils eligible for PPG - 41
  • Amount of PPG received per pupil - £1,300
  • Additional PPG received - £350
  • Total amount of PPG received - £52,350

How we spent the pupil premium in 2015/16



Outcome / Impact


To provide additional differentiated support.

Increased TA support to one TA per class.


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


There was a clear increase in motivation and self-esteem of pupils and school are hoping to see a greater impact of this in next year’s data.



To provide parents with skills to support their children with the curriculum.


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


There was a 30 per cent increase in the number of parents of disadvantaged pupils attending the workshops.


To increase the number of pupils attending extra-curricular activities.


All PP children to have access to a range of extra-curricular activities including dodgeball, football, dance, netball, gymnastics and golf.


All PP children had opportunities to experience extra-curricular activities.

There was an increased take up of clubs by pupil premium children.



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


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




To ensure that all disadvantaged pupils have access to the same enrichment activities as their peers and the same opportunities in terms of school uniform, PE kit etc.


Financial support was provided to disadvantaged parents with uniform, school trips, residential trips etc.

The feedback from both parents and pupils have demonstrated the positive impact that individual support has had on many disadvantaged pupils.



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


Individual disadvantaged pupils, were there were concerns given free places on the schools breakfast club.

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



To ensure all teachers are fully aware of the disadvantaged pupils in their classes and have a good understanding of how they can support their needs.


Staff inset sessions dedicated to developing knowledge of disadvantaged pupils and how to further support their needs.

Lesson observations demonstrated a better understanding of the additional needs of pupils and more targeted teaching was implemented.

School budget

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