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Pupil Premium

The next review of the school's Pupil Premium strategy will be held on Wednesday 27th September 2017.



Funds allocated in 2016-17

The school received £51, 180 for the 39 children categorised as requiring additional funding.

£1320-per pupil currently on Free School Meals or who have been eligible for FSM during the past 6 years.

£1900 for looked after children or children who have been adopted from care.

£300 for children who have been a service child since 2011.



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), those in care or who have been adopted, and those who have a family member serving in the Armed Forces (Service Children) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.


School Aims

We aim to ensure that every child leaves Seaburn Dene Primary School fully engaged in and prepared for lifelong learning. The school drivers are fundamental to the school’s “I Can” ethos and are designed to equip children with resilience, aspirations and a highly developed sense of fairness and justice.

The Drivers:

  • The Creative Arts inspire young children;

  • Links with communities, local and distant, enhance learning;

  • Physical Education is fundamental to encouraging and laying the foundations for a healthy lifestyle;

  • Scientific enquiry, combined with technological skills, prepares children for the future.



The Main Barriers to Educational Achievement that the disadvantaged children in our school face include:

  • Low income.
  • Unsettled family arrangements.
  • Emotional instability of family members.
  • Safeguarding concerns.
  • Child experiencing emotional well being issues.
  • Attendance.
  • Parents may not value education-poor experiences of school themselves.
  • Siblings may have had a disrupted educational experience and/or have challenging behaviour at home;
  • Poor setting of boundaries at home leading to behavioural issues in school.

Key Priorities for Pupil Premium Expenditure

Careful planning for the targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium Funding will support us in achieving our aims:


To support children eligible for pupil premium to make equally good progress as their peers.

To close the gap so that all children are provided with inspiration, the support and guidance to be life long learners.

To provide a wide range experiences and opportunities for children of low income families so that inequality is addressed.


Accountability and allocating resources

The school provides regular reports for the Governing Body on:

  • The progress the school makes in closing the gap, by year group for the FSM and Ever 6 children.

  • An outline of provision.


​​We recognise that:

  • Not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered for or qualify for FSM.

  • That not all pupils who are eligible for FSM are socially disadvantaged.

    Strategic decisions with regards to the spending of the Pupil Premium Grant will ensure that pupils receive support according to their needs.  Pupil Premium Funding will be allocated following an analysis which will identify priority classes, groups of children or individuals. This means that not all children who trigger Pupil Premium funding will be in receipt of interventions at any one time.



    Outstanding teaching and learning continues to be paramount to the progress of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Support is best provided by highly experienced and effective teaching staff. Targeted intervention and support strategies are deployed in order to:

  • Improve levels of attainment and progress.

  • Close attainment gaps relative to national averages.

  • Enhance reading, writing and communication skills.

  • Provide extensive enrichment activities that broaden the curriculum

  • Support pupils in becoming confident and lifelong learners.

  • Running interventions

  • Providing agency support e.g counselling to nurture the well being of children experiencing emotional and social challenges.

  • Running 1:1 or small group interventions.

  • Provide and extra full time teacher towards the raising of pupils’ achievement.

  • Funding towards residential visits, trips and club.

  • Booster sessions for Year 6.



This strategy will be reviewed in January and July 2017.


Expenditure in 2016-17


An additional full time teacher to provide intensive intervention support for Year 6 pupils with reading, writing, SPAG and maths £22549


An additional teacher from May 2017-July 2017 responsible for small intervention groups and individuals £1804


Additional support with an additional and experienced teacher on a 1:1 basis between January and May 2017 delivering to our most vulnerable children £6460


A Higher Level Teaching Assistant available to support our most vulnerable children and their families in times of need £9000


Provide new experiences and opportunities with

  • free provision to a school club for 2 terms £2250
  • instrumental lessons £1386
  • residential field trips £2200
  • curriculum visits/visitors £900


Outreach services to support our most vulnerable children e.g behaviour and counselling £3470


To promote good attendance, behaviour and attitude to work through rewards and prizes £1000














If your child has been eligible for Pupil Premium, from September 2015 we are offering free instrumental tuition and two free after school clubs. Please contact Mrs Baker in the school office to express your interest in this offer.


Budget: £42,840

We currently have 40 pupils on the Ever 6 Free School Meal List



After school clubs offer-2 free after school clubs per week for a whole year.


Music Lessons-Free tuition in one instrument for a year


Subsidies for field trips based on £25 a year per child


HLTA- interventions/Safeguarding/Welfare


Teacher interventions


Intervention Materials-Yr 2 maths materials for 6 pupils/Power of 2/additional phonics materials and training.









FSU-There are 3 pupils in this cohort in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, each equating to 33%

 All three children (100%) achieved the expected standard in all areas except number where 2 out of 3 children achieved it.


YR 1-There are 3 pupils in this cohort in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, each equating to 33%. All (100%) met the expected standard.


YR 2- There are 6 pupils in this cohort in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, each equating to 16.6%. one pupil attended Seaburn Dene Primary School for only 35 days.

In reading pupils in receipt of PP funding at SDPS attain more highly than children in receipt of funding nationally and the gap is smaller than the gap nationally.

In writing pupils in receipt of PP funding at SDPS attain more highly than children in receipt of funding nationally and the gap is similar to the gap nationally.

In maths pupils in receipt of PP funding at SDPS attain more highly than children in receipt of funding nationally and the gap is smaller than the gap nationally.


YR 6-There are 4 pupils in this cohort in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.

In reading the average scaled score for children in receipt of  of PP funding is 99.3 which is slightly less than children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding nationally.(99.9)

In maths, the average scaled score for children in receipt of PP funding is 98.3 which is less than children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding nationally.(100.8)

In SPAG, the average scaled score for children in receipt of PP funding is 100.5. National data was not available at the time of writing.






There has been a 40% increase of pupils entitled to free school meals taking instrumental lessons in the Autumn term 2015.

Make Up of Pupil Participation in Clubs:



Percentage of Participants who Generate Pupil

Premium Funding

Drama Club 30%
Cheerleading Club 14%
KS 2 Gym Club 15%
KS 1 Gym Club 15%
Dodgeball 18%
Football 40%






Who Planned Expenditure Amount
Years 1-6 Purchase of Primary Assertive Mentoring Programme plus related resources e.g files, Oxford Reading Tree supplementary resources/Curriculum 2014 updates etc £7746
1-6 1:1 and small group interventions £13725
Rec-Yr6 September 14-April 15 Additional teacher .5 to create smaller groups for reading and maths £6624
N-Yr 6 Nurturing and Well Being £4008
Total   £32103



At Key Stage 1, 3 children assessed in 2015 were on FSM. They achieved as well as or better than children on FSM nationally.


In Year 6, six children taking SATs were on FSM. Out of the 6, 4 children joined us during Key Stage 2.


Reading: 5 children made expected progress with 2 making more than expected progress.


Writing: 6 made expected progress with 2 making more than expected progress.


Maths: 5 made expected progress with 1 making more than expected progress.


The school now needs to focus on those children entitled to Free School Meals who achieve the equivalent of a higher than average level at Key Stage 1 to ensure they continue to make good or better progress by the end of Key Stage 2.


The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools in addition to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. It is up to individual schools how best to allocate this funding so that it can be geared towards the needs of individual children.









1:1 Interventions


Teaching Assistants/HLTA

1:1 and small group interventions


Key Stage 2

Resources-text books




Training for staff in literacy and numeracy


Key stage 2

Read, Write Inc Comprehension scheme


Attendance Officer

Improving attendance of individuals











In Year 2, 6 children were categorised as receiving Pupil Premium through their entitlement to free school meals. Attainment is measured in government statistics by points called average point scores (APS).


APS in reading, writing and maths show that in our school children on FSM do better than children entitled to free school meals nationally. The difference between non free school meals children and those on free school meals is much less than the difference nationally showing that, at Seaburn Dene, we are closing the gap more effectively than schools nationally. This has been achieved through the rigorous and effective teaching of phonics, reading, writing and maths.














FSM 16.3 15.0 15.7 13.7 17.3 15.0
NON-FSM 18.2 17.0 16.5 15.6 17.9 16.7



5 pupils in Year 6 who took SATs in 2014 were categorised as being "disadvantaged" and in receipt of free school meals. This means that each child is considered to be worth 20% in statistics. With such a small number of children there needs to be caution when comparing percentages against national percentages.

In reading all five disadvantaged pupils achieved the expected 2 levels of progress with 1 child exceeding expected progress.

In writing all five disadvantaged pupils achieved the expected 2 levels of progress with 4 children exceeding expected progress.

In maths all five disadvantaged children achieved the expected 2 levels of progress with 2 children exceeding expected progress.