Pupil Premium Strategy

Pupil Premium Action Plan 2018-2019

Person Responsible: Headteacher

5 pupils in the entire school are currently entitled to the Pupil Premium Grant. This plan is fully evaluated in July each year.

For a full version of our Pupil Premium plan including breakdown, please click here.


The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 after research showed that children from disadvantaged backgrounds were far less likely to get good GCSE results. Attainment statistics published in January 2014 showed that in 2013 37.9% of pupils who qualified for free school meals achieved 5 GCSEs, including English and mathematics at A* to C, compared with 64.6% of pupils who do not qualify. It is unacceptable for children’s success to be determined by their social circumstances and therefore the government pledged to raise levels of achievement for all disadvantaged pupils and to close the gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.

Pupil premium funding has increased year on year and £2.406 billion will be spent in 2016/17 for all children eligible for free school meals; looked after children; and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.

Main recommendations from Ofsted

School leaders, including governing bodies, should ensure that Pupil Premium funding is not simply absorbed into mainstream budgets, but instead is carefully targeted at the designated children. They should be able to identify clearly how the money is being spent.

School leaders, including governing bodies, should evaluate their Pupil Premium spending, avoid spending it on activities that have little impact on achievement for their disadvantaged pupils, and spend it in ways known to be most effective.

How will Deer Park School meet Ofsted’s recommendations regarding Pupil Premium?

  • All children for whom Pupil Premium (PP) has been designated will be tracked individually through both learning progress (Classroom Monitor) and the use of PP within our school’s financial management system
  • The majority of PP is likely to be spent on providing smaller teaching groups and additional teaching assistants to support learning in class. It is also likely that we will support PP children financially by subsidising educational visits and school uniform as well as securing the services and outside agencies that support families and learning as relevant. Children entitled to PP will be tracked, along with every child in school, and their progress monitored. Evaluation of groupings will be conducted and adjusted as necessary to obtain maximum impact on progress.
  • We provide a ‘checking service’ for all new families to the school to ascertain entitlement to pupil premium funding.
  • We will be able to show OFSTED the way in which we have used our PP, how we have targeted the children it is intended for and the impact which it has had through both data and financial checks.
  • We will publish on our website yearly the amount of PP funding received along with a breakdown of how it was spent.
  • We will publish on our website the impact of our pupil premium funding by reporting on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding; the progress made by these pupils, and the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

How will we publish the impact of Pupil Premium on the learning and progress of pupils at Deer Park School?

Progress and attainment of Pupil Premium funded children is summarised below showing clear comparisons to national figures and the school’s non Pupil Premium children.


Fundamental Axioms

Deer Park School (DPS) Governors, Teaching and Learning Support staff will:

  1. Ensure that Pupil Premium (PP) funding is spent on pupils it is intended to support
  2. Maintain high expectations of pupils eligible for PP including via individual success criteria
  3. Avoid confusion between entitlement to PP support and perceptions of lower ability
  4. Focus on core learning in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
  5. Use research and case studies (Sutton Trust, Ofsted) to guide planning and implementation
  6. Track effectiveness of the strategies in use by measuring impact
  7. Monitor spending so vfm is achieved in this cost centre as with others
  8. When agreed by Governors, integrate planning into the whole-school plan
  9. Break down barriers to learning to ensure that every PP pupil learns, enjoys and succeeds

DPS thereby aims to close any remaining achievement gaps for pupils eligible for PP.