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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium at Drapers Mills Primary Academy


What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The Pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase the attainment of these disadvantaged pupils and diminish the difference between them and their peers.


The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.


At Drapers Mils Primary Academy: -

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
  • We ensure 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.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.


Funding for 2017/18: £361,980


School context of children in receipt of Pupil Premium.

Drapers Mills Primary Academy serves an area of high deprivation. There are approximately 500 children on roll with 53% eligible for Pupil Premium funding having been eligible for FSM at any time during the past 6 years - this is well above the National Average (24%). 13% of our children have Special Educational Needs, and 46% of children have English as an Additional Language (EAL) - this is well above the National Average (21%). Half our children live in Cliftonville West, which is acknowledge as one of the most deprived wards in the country, the centre of which is a 25 minute walk away from the school.


The Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) combines a number of indicators, chosen to cover a range of economic, social and housing issues, into a single deprivation score for each small area in England. This allows each area to be ranked relative to one another according to their level of deprivation. The Local Authority can use pupils’ postcodes to rank the 453 Kent primary schools in terms of IMD. Drapers Mills Primary Academy is ranked 1 out of 453 schools (September 2017) with 1 being the most deprived. However, against this change to contextual data, standards of attainment and progress for many of our disadvantaged children compares favourably against national averages (see impact statement for 2016/17 - below).


Mobility of disadvantaged children, both to and from the school, remains a challenge to Drapers Mills Primary Academy.


It should be noted that pupils who are allocated Pupil Premium may also have Special Educational Needs, have only attended Drapers Mills Primary Academy for a short period of time and/or have made good progress but have no KS1 data because they were not resident in England at age seven.




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How will we spend our Pupil Premium funding in 2017/18?

We recognise that Quality First Teaching is the best provision we can offer our children to raise achievement. In addition to providing high quality training and support for our staff to ensure they have the skills, knowledge and understanding to provide the best possible education for all, particularly the most disadvantaged, we ensure that provision is in place using the most appropriate/qualified members of staff to maximize the impact that our spending has on the progress, attainment, attendance and general well-being of our children.



Amount Allocated


SLT member responsible for monitoring PP spending and the impact it is having on disadvantaged children across the school.


EAL staff, including one qualified teacher, one unqualified teacher (TEFL trained), a Czech / Slovak / Roma speaking TA, all to support EAL children joining the school in our Shooting Stars provision.


Rainbow Room staff, including an unqualified teacher and two TAs, to support children with high levels of SEN.


Two part time Speech and Language Assistants, providing high quality interventions in the afternoon.


HLTAs to deliver Booster sessions (including challenge for more able) when identified through effective assessment.




(30% of total PP funding)

  • Continuous Professional Development for staff by way of: -
  • Whole school training (INSET)
  • Weekly Professional Development Meetings
  • Weekly TA training
  • Updating Resources



(10% of total PP funding)


We see the targeted support provided to improve attendance, behaviour and family wellbeing as strategies to break down barriers to student achievement and will continue to invest in these areas.



Amount Allocated

Family Team:

Contribution towards mini-bus lease and running costs which is used to improve the attendance of our disadvantaged children and bring them into breakfast club so we know they have been fed before the start of the school day.


Breakfast Club will be subsidised for our disadvantaged children and appropriate learning and/or social activities available for them to engage with.


Outside Agency Support:

Contribution towards Place2Be (counselling service), Lighthouse Project, Education Welfare Officer, EAL Flo.


These services will be to support disadvantaged families to ensure the children come to school, feel safe and are emotionally ready for learning.




(32% of total PP funding)


We are committed to ensuring all children fulfill their gifts and talents, regardless of economic capacity, and believe that no child should have their individual financial circumstances limit their opportunities to adventure and aspiration.



Amount Allocated


Swimming, Free after school club places, subsidised school trips and visits, visitors, cultural experiences such as ‘Take One days’, Art teacher, Coaches at lunchtime, University Fridays, Forest School.


Sports coaches, artists and musicians provide children with the opportunity to learn many different skills. These include learning to play a variety of musical instruments, a variety of art and creative skills and unusual sports such as fencing and archery. This will provide experiences that many disadvantaged children may not normally have access to, raising aspirations and developing ‘well rounded’ children who have a greater knowledge, understanding and skill set of the ‘arts’ through enrichment opportunities.




(29% of total PP funding)

Pupil Premium - Impact Statements