Pupil Premium

The Government "Pupil Premium" funding is allocated to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school from low income families who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it has been expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years.  Funding is also now available for children in care, or who have been in local authority care within the last 3 years.

In addition there are also other elements of the school's funding that is based on Free School Meal eligibility. This again helps the school to support the  pupils with additional resources.

Since September 2014 all children at Downs Way are eligible for free meals under the "Universal Infant Free School Meals" scheme.  However, the criteria for Pupil Premium funding continues to be based on eligibility for FREE school meals based on family income. Therefore, even though your child automatically now has free meals, we would really appreciate it if they may be eligible because of your family's income level, if you could still fill in the application form. Please contact the office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim the Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.

Click here for Pupil Premium funding letter to parents

Click here for a Pupil Premium Application Form 

Pupil Premium Strategy Report

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support children from low income families. We are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support they receive.



Total number of pupils on roll (Jan 16)


Total number of pupils triggering PPG (Jan 16)


Amount of PPG received per pupil

17 pupils @£1320

Total amount of PPG received



Summary of spending and actions 2016-17.

Support was given through the following provision:

Interventions, led by class Teaching Assistants targeted at raising standards:                £22,556


1:1 & small group phonics


1:1 Reading


Y2 Comprehension Group


Maths Booster Group 



Speech & Language

1:1 Therapy Sessions


Speech and Language 1:1






 Talking Partners 1:3:  



Precision Teaching 1:1 



1:1 Deputy Teaching Sessions 



Learning Mentor & ELSA 1:1 



Fine & Gross Motor Skills 1:1 






 Enhancing Experiences:

 Subsidising trips, activities and clubs to ensure equality of access for Pupil Premium Pupils.



Total Spend 2016-17


AIMS: Diminishing the Difference

Downs Way School

Year R

3 pupils, all of which have varying degrees of Speech and Language needs. All have received support with these needs.  One has made significant improvement over the year, impacting upon areas of learning in Development Matters Curriculum. 

Year 1


18% of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium (10 pupils)

All have made accelerated rates of progress for Phonics, 8 of them reaching the threshold for Phonics Screening checks.

Year 2

3 Pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium who received reading and writing support, helping them to meet the targets set.

The Pupil Premium grant has enables high quality support and intervention to be put in place. All interventions have had an impact upon progress. Precision Teaching has had the highest impact and thus will be rolled out to all PP pupils who meet criteria for PT. Reading Support needs to make a bigger impact upon progress and attainment. (This will be a focus in conjunction with the new reading scheme and assessment programme in 2017-18).

The ELSA work has been invaluable this year. The impact is not measurable in data terms but the increased emotional resilience and strategies to deal with difficult situations have an impact upon behaviours for learning within the classroom and school. The high numbers of pupils requiring ELSA support has led to plans to create an ELSA team across the infant and Junior Schools. At Downs Way school an additional TA will now support the ELSA trained TA.



Total number of pupils on roll (Jan 17)


Total number of pupils triggering PPG (Jan 17)


Amount of PPG received per pupil

17 pupils @ £1320 

Total amount of PPG received



Support will be given through the following provision:

-         Ensure Quality First teaching and rigorous teacher tracking and monitoring progress of Pupil Premium pupils. 

-         Monitoring of intervention & support programmes by subject leaders and SLT

-         Increase number of pupils benefitting from 1stclass@number maths support sessions.

-         ELSA       

-         Increase provision for high attaining pupils in order to increase levels of progress. 

-         Focus on strategies for improvements in Y1 maths attainment for Pupil Premium pupils. (Maths Leader)

-         Focus on strategies for improvements in Y1 phonics progress and attainment for Pupil Premium Pupils. (SLT & Lit Leader)

-         Reading Scheme to be introduced to ensure quality of texts, questioning  and assessment (Literacy Leader)

-         Precision Teaching " 1:1 tailored programme to close gaps in learning " All Non-High SEND Pupil Premium Pupils to benefit

-         All PP pupils to read daily with an adult.  (Those at higher level of reading to discuss text.)

-         Portfolio Group " Deputy Head to work with and track progress of pupils.

-         ELSA team to be built up " TA (Mrs Patel)  to shadow and support

-         Track take up rate of pupil premium pupils for before/after school clubs. 

-         (Narrow the gap in line with non-pupil premium pupil take up rate.)