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Pupil Premium


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.


  1. Summary Information


Drapers Mills Primary Academy

Academic Year

2018 -2019

Total PP budget


Date of most recent PP review

July 2018

Total number of pupils


Number of pupil eligible for PP


Date for the next internal review.

December 2018

Pupil Premium Lead

Mrs S Roberts

Chair of Governors

Mr R Silk


  1. Barrier to future attainment (for pupils eligible for PP, including high ability)


Speech and language issues and poor oracy skills across the school


Progress made by pupils eligible for PP in KS2


EAL pupils in Year 6 who are PP are working at lower levels with only 7% at ARE currently. Like wise Year 1


Pupil premium pupils in Year 6 are working at similar levels to other, although less in Reading. % of pupils working at ARE are low


Year 4 Boys Pupil premium with only 14% at ARE combined. Some pupils are also EAL. Reading and writing particularly low


Extreme SEMH needs and other behavioural needs of pupil premium pupils.


Year 3 Boys pupil premium working at low ARE in Writing and thus combined.


Attendance is below National expectations and needs to rise rapidly


School context of children in receipt of Pupil Premium.

Drapers Mills Primary Academy serves an area of high deprivation. There are approximately 470 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 2018) with 1 being the most deprived.


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.




Year R

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

% PP










How will we spend our Pupil Premium funding in 2018 -2019

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

Staffing: A, B, C, D, E, F, G

We will allocate 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 a TA, to support children with high levels of SEN, cognitive focus


High Fliers SEMH provision for pupils who have some significant 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.

Leader of Learning to carry out additional booster support in Year 6 for able writers


Teaching Assistants who provide in school support for vulnerable pupils across the school carrying out a number of different interventions.






£202,000 approx.

  • B,E,F,G,D,A
  • Continuous Professional Development for staff by way of: -
  • Whole school training (INSET)
  • Weekly Professional Development Meetings
  • Weekly TA training
  • Updating Resources
  • Reflect resources such as IRIS connect




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

H, C,E

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), Dare to Differ, 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.



Mini bus lease

Breakfast club costs


Specialist support services

Staffing family team costs %


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

A, H


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


Artists and musicians provide children with the opportunity to learn many different skills, such as Guitar lessons 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.






Pupil Premium - Impact Statements