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Pupil Premium at Oak CE Primary School

Oak CE Primary School is committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strives to close any gaps in achievement.  We recognise that all children, regardless of background, should have equal access to a curriculum which will enable them to achieve their full potential.

What is the Pupil Premium?

Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a government initiative which provides additional funding to schools each year to help schools close the attainment gap between children from disadvantaged families and their peers.  The purpose of the extra funding is to provide additional resources from outside the school’s budget to accelerate progress and raise attainment. It is the school’s decision as to how the Pupil Premium is spent, as schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium.

How much additional funding is provided?

In 2018/19 the funding allocated is £1320 per child of Primary School age.  £300 for children with a parent in the armed forces.  £2300 for children who have previously been looked and up to £2300 for current Looked After Children. The current LAC funding has to be applied for via virtual schools. 

Who is targeted by the Pupil Premium?

Children who are deemed to be ‘disadvantaged’ - eligible or have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or have been looked after for one day or more (Looked After Child).

A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services.

A useful guide for parents, which explains about the 'Pupil Premium' in more detail can be found here:



What do we do at Oak CE Primary School?

All pupils are entitled to the very best curriculum and learning opportunities, whatever their level of ability, so we ensure that our disadvantaged pupils receive help when they find learning difficult but are also offered challenges in areas where they excel. We also ensure they have the very best resources and enrichment opportunities, through visits to places of interest and participation in community events. Pupil Premium spending is reviewed in an ongoing way as each year progresses in light of regular evaluations. Future priorities are made in response to new research as well as the school’s self-evaluation processes.

We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of specific Pupil Premium funding and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly.

Strong leadership systems ensure that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact. This includes, an identified governor having responsibility for Pupil Premium, Mrs Amanda Jackson and a coordinated senior leadership approach to implementing plans. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported back to the Governors’ Standards and Effectiveness sub-committee, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending.

This additional funding is provided by the Government, because research suggests that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers.  The Government recognise that often, children who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges, such as: poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.


April 2018:

Total number of pupils of roll at Oak CE Primary School = 1023

Total number of pupils eligible for the pupil premium grant =  351 (although we actually received for 340 children based on our Spring census figures)

% of pupils eligible for the pupil premium grant = 34%

Main barriers faced by eligible pupils at Oak CE Primary School:

The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face at Oak CE Primary School are complex and varied – there is no single difficulty faced by all (other than free school meal entitlements, either current or within the last 6 years.)  It is important to note here that the Index of Multiple Deprivation places 77% of our pupils living in the bottom 20% of poorest deprivation nationally.  It is highly likely therefore that the true number of children eligible for Pupil Premium is higher than the 34% currently identified.  

It is also important to remember that Pupil Premium children are not necessarily under achievers and many of our pupils facing disadvantage narrowly fail to qualify for the Pupil Premium.

At Oak CE Primary School, we have identified the following as 6 possible specific barriers to educational achievement for some of the pupils currently in receipt of Pupil Premium:

  • Low attendance (Below 90%): Children cannot learn if they are not in school and low attendance is a major barrier to achievement.  Our analysis shows that 21% of our Pupil Premium children currently have attendance below 90%. Having intensive support in place to improve attendance is an effective use of our Pupil Premium funding for these children.

  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) 22% of our disadvantaged pupils have SEN compared with 17% of the whole school cohort and 15% of children who are not eligible for Pupil Premium.

  • Poor Behaviour  Social Emotional and Mental Health issues (SEMH Needs) affect many of our pupil premium children in different ways with 12% of pupil premium children often resulting in frequent displays of poor behaviour compared to 6% of non-disadvantaged.  Some disadvantaged pupils have low self-esteem and do not have enough belief in their ability as a learner whilst others need a 

  • Self regulate plans are used to assist with keeping some children and others safe in school.  66% of children on self regulate plans are pupil premium children. 

  • White British children are over represented in our disadvantaged children at 33% compared to 16% of non disadvantaged.

  • Safeguarding concerns 16% of our pupil premium children require support from the pastoral team by way of Early Help or social care assistance.                                       

60% of our disadvantaged children face multiple barriers to their learning as identified below. Approximately half of these children face 2 or more barriers.



% children

Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium +1 barrier


Pupil Premium +2 barriers


Pupil Premium +3 barriers


Pupil Premium + 4 barriers


Pupil Premium + 5 barriers


Pupil Premium +6 barriers



Other factors that can affect our disadvantaged children include:

  • Lack of educational experiences for some of our Pupil Premium children, such as trips, music lessons and participation in physical activities, outside of school.
  •  Parental engagement with school to support their children’s learning - our parents are supportive of school but some find it difficult to support their children’s learning.
  • Social and emotional conditions, requiring support, nurture and family support and counselling.
  • In-year admissions within our school is high. Some of these children are Pupil Premium.  To date, this academic year, 53% of in year admissions have been Pupil Premium children.   Children take time to settle to new routines and a new environment and have often not benefitted from the quality of teaching and interventions we offer during the full academic year.

Our progress data tells us that when other barriers come into play then our disadvantaged children do significantly less well.  Identifying the barriers helps us to target pupil premium money appropriately.   We have put together a planned strategy for 2018/19 based on the information as outlined above. This will be reviewed termly by senior leaders, with a particular focus being the impact of spending and outcome of disadvantaged learners.

Pupil Premium Statement

Applying for Free School Meals?

Are you eligible for Free School Meals? Oak Primary asks that all families who meet the requirements apply to Kirklees for this additional funding. Not only do your children get free meals, but they will automatically qualify the school for Pupil Premium funding (as discussed above). So, it is in everyone's interests that eligible families secure their grant for Free School Meals.

Not sure if you meet the requirements? Find out more on the Kirklees website below:


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