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Pupil Premium

At John Betts Primary School, we believe that all our children have an equal entitlement, and should have an equal opportunity to achieve success academically, socially and physically no matter what their background.


What is the Pupil Premium?


The school receives funding from the Government to support it in trying to meet this aspiration. This is known as the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). John Betts Primary School will ensure that the Pupil Premium funding allocated to the school is used to have an impact on narrowing the gap between our disadvantaged pupils and their peers of similar ability.

Pupil Premium is additional funding, from the Government, provided to schools for supporting more pupils from low income families to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children. There are different categories of children that qualify for pupil premium:

  • Children who are or have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) over the last six years (Ever 6)
  • Looked after children
  • Armed forces children (ever 5)
  • Children who have been adopted from care under the Adoption Children Act 2002
  • Children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order


How do we spend this at John Betts School?


It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils for whom they are responsible. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.

We are committed to ensuring that every pupil does the very best they can. We consider that all members of our school community are committed to raising standards and narrowing attainment gaps for our pupils.

We seek to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils and that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.


How do we track the progress to make sure that our spending makes a difference?


We monitor the progress of our children entitled to pupil premium funding extra-closely to ensure that we are spending our money wisely. We use our own data systems alongside local authority information and national sources of information such as Analyse School Performance (ASP) and Ofsted.


What are we doing this year?


At John Betts we believe that ensuring our teachers are appropriately qualified, highly trained, motivated and caring individuals -and that our support staff are provided with the best professional development opportunities - is pivotal to providing every child with the best opportunity to succeed. In addition, for the year 2018/19 we will be allocating pupil premium funds in the following ways:


Approximate Cost






Targeted training for staff to impact on teaching and learning across the curriculum

DHT and Inclusion Manager to identify training requirements across the teaching staff to ensure that planning is differentiated and lessons are challenging. CPD will be delivered on an individual, group and whole staff basis according to the needs of the school.


Specialist Support

Targeted support through external agency intervention provision

Inclusion Manager and class teachers to monitor impact of intervention to ensure desired outcomes are being achieved.


TA Support

Classroom based targeted support and enrichment through intervention provision in reading, writing and maths

Half termly monitoring of progress of identified children by class teachers and SLT


Breakfast Club

Subsidised places for children to ensure good punctuality and attendance

DHT to monitor attendance and punctuality figures.


Key Skills Club

Targeted support to provide a quiet and productive environment in order to complete set work with adult support

Class teachers and Head of Inclusion to monitor level and quality of work completed. Club manager to provide feedback to class teachers.


Number Ninjas

Maths challenge group for Higher and Middle achievers

Monitor the progress of the children during Maths lessons, class teachers to identify when children are taking opportunities to tackle ‘Applying’.


Specialist Nurture Support

Targeted individual or group support through external agencies to strengthen children’s self-esteem, social skills and well-being.

Inclusion Manager to monitor performance and progression of pupils half termly and work with class teachers to ensure strategies are impacting children’s academic progress


Nurture Support

Targeted individual or group support to strengthen children’s self-esteem, social skills and well-being.

Inclusion Manager to monitor performance and progression of pupils half termly and work with class teachers to ensure strategies are successfully being transferred into classroom practice


Classroom Support

Classroom based support from senior teachers to target identified pupils

Inclusion Manager to work with class teachers to identify children needing support and to monitor progress


Clubs and Trips

Targeted financial support to ensure all children can access all school opportunities.

Discount for children to attend a range of extra-curricular activities. Financial support for school trips and school journeys.


Expected PP funding for 2018/19 is £58,080


How do we check our methods are successful?


We use our own school level data that allows us to keep a close eye on every pupil group and each individual child. We also use local authority and official government data; this enables us to track our pupils and endeavour to narrow achievement gaps.






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2016 - 17

2017 - 18

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