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Pupil Premium


What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to the most disadvantaged children in order to close the attainment gap.

The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is in addition to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils.  Three categories of pupils are eligible:


  • Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years)

  • Looked after children

  • Children of Service personnel


Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium need to be aged 4 and over, in year groups to year 11 in a maintained school. The proportion of children currently eligible at Hollywell Primary School is currently 15%.


Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However all schools will be held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils.

2018/2019 Pupil Premium

For the academic year of 2018 – 2019 Hollywell Primary School received £42,240


Schools can choose how to spend their Pupil Premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. Depending on priorities for the child there are a variety of ways in which the school would utilise the funding available.


How we spend the Pupil Premium funding:

As a school we carefully consider various strategies for the best use of this funding and the individual needs of the children.


Some of the ways in which we spend the Pupil Premium grant on eligible pupils includes:


•         Funding teaching assistants in KS1 and KS2

•         Extra one-to-one, or small-group, support for children within or outside of the classroom;

•         Investing in staff development to ensure quality first teaching and learning;

•         Investing in resources, including targeted interventions, that boost children’s learning;

•         Providing opportunities for curriculum enrichment, including music lessons and school clubs;

•         Contributing to school trips and residential visits;

•         Providing daily milk;

•         Funding the 'Drawing and Talking' counselling sessions, delivered by a trained teaching assistant;

•         Funding additional nurture provision at break times and lunchtimes to support social skills and maintain good self-esteem.


17% of the pupil premium children in the 2018-19 cohort reached the expected level in reading, writing and maths in the 2019 assessments. However, 33% of children made expected or better progress from their KS1 starting points.




Teaching assistants supporting academic and emotional well-being across KS1 classes



Teaching assistants supporting academic and emotional well-being across KS2 classes and providing 1-2-1 booster support



Curriculum enrichment, including music lessons and school clubs



Staff training planning and resources



Practical support for families






Summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils 

  • Language and Communication
  • Social and emotional intelligence
  • Reading comprehension skills
  • Behaviour difficulties
  • Low self-esteem and knowledge of the world
  • Complex family situations
  • Personal issues
  • Attendance and punctuality


Measuring the impact of the Pupil Premium funding 2018/2019 

End of KS2 attainment (6 eligible pupils)

Year 6 Reading

'At expected' = 33%  

Year 6 Writing

'At expected' = 50%

Year 6 English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

'At expected' = 33%

Year 6 Maths

'At expected' = 50%


End of KS1 attainment (8 eligible pupils)                                                                        Year 2 Reading

'At expected' = 75%  

Year 2 Writing

'At expected' = 75%

Year 2 Maths

'At expected' = 100%


How the school measures the impact/effect

  • % of pupils achieving expected standards at the end of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
  • % of pupils making positive progress in reading, writing and mathematics throughout the school
  • %  of pupils participating in residential visits and educational day visits
  • Pupil Premium children are able to enhance their education by participating in extra curricular activities and music tuition
  • Children can talk about their feelings in a controlled way
  • The class teacher and the Head Teacher or the SENco monitor and analyse the progress of the pupils during the pupil progress meetings which take place termly. Records are kept on interventions for the children who have received support
  • Improved attendance

For 2019-2020, Hollywell received an initial allocation of £41,520

Our plan for pupil premium funding in the current academic year

  • Full time teaching assistant support in Year 5
  • Teaching assistant support for targeted intervention in Year 6
  • Additional teacher to support academic achievement in KS1 with a focus on reading and writing
  • Free flow provision in EYFS and KS1 supported by an extra teacher to improve language and communication, independence and social skills
  • Training programmes for staff to support emotional well-being for all children including resources needed to deliver programmes
  • Drawing and talking counselling sessions
  • Half-termly pupil progress reviews to identify areas of need to focus support

 To see further details of how we plan to use our Pupil Premium funding this academic year, please see the plan details below.

The date of the next review of the pupil premium strategy

July 2020 – linked to budget allocation. (Allocations are based on the previous year's pupil numbers).

More about Pupil Premium
If your child has free school meals (not infant free school meals) then the school can access funding.  Read the documents below to see if you are entitled to this. 

Are you entitled to free school meals and more?