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Pupil Premium Grant

Christ Church First School - Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-18

Christ Church First School - Pupil Premium Policy


What is the Pupil Premium Grant
and how it used?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) was introduced by the UK Government in April 2011. The PPG is used by schools in England to raise attainment and improve the progress of disadvantaged pupils. The intention is to eliminate or, at the very least, reduce the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.

Children eligible for PPG include:

  • Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years
  • Children Looked After
  • Children adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
  • Children of armed services personnel.

In 2015–16 the PPG received for each child registered to receive FSM in the last six years is £1,320. Children of armed services personnel receive a PPG of £300, whilst looked-after children or those adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order receive £1,900. The school’s allocation is based on pupils on roll at the time of the January 2015 School Census.

Each school is able to decide how it will spend its PPG. Schools are responsible for publishing online, each year, information in respect of their PPG spending. This must include:

  • the school’s pupil premium allocation for the current academic year
  • details of how the school intends to spend its allocation
  • details of how the school spent its previous academic year’s allocation
  • the difference the allocation made to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

Why it matters

Christ Church C of E First School is playing its part in building a fairer society where all children from all backgrounds can make academic progress on the basis of their own abilities and efforts. We are committed to providing a world-class education for all, while increasing support for those who need it most
“ Between the ages of five and 16 children develop the knowledge, skills and aspirations that to a great extent determine their success in further or higher education and, ultimately, in the jobs market. The gaps in attainment between children from different backgrounds which open up in the Early Years continue to widen throughout school. Only 75% of the poorest children reach the expected level by the time they leave primary school, compared with 97% of the richest children. And just 20% of the poorest children gain five GCSEs at A*–C, including English and maths, compared to 75% of the richest children. ”   
Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility (HM Government, April 2011), page 35.

At Christ Church, in accord with UK Government priorities, there are three key components of our approach:

  • raising standards by improving the quality of teaching, and setting clear expectations of what all children should achieve;
  • a relentless focus on narrowing gaps in attainment between children from different backgrounds, by spending Pupil Premium Grant funding wisely to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils; and
  • raising children’s aspirations and expectations of what they are capable of now, as a child, and in the future, as an adult.

Like every other first/primary school in England, we use The Sutton Trust/Education Endowment Foundation Teaching and Learning Toolkit (which shows the likely impact on children’s learning – measured in “Months” of accelerated progress – of various interventions and initiatives) to help us plan our PPG expenditure for maximum effect. Furthermore, the use of PPG funding is regularly reviewed for its effectiveness by school governors.


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