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Pupil Premium

What is it?

The school receives Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to the main school budget. The Pupil Premium funding is allocated to pupils who are either currently eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible in the last 6 years, known as ‘Ever 6’. Pupil Premium for Looked-after children (LAC) as defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English Local Authority.


What is it used for?

Pupil Premium funding is intended to address the historic underachievement of children from poorer backgrounds in this country. By giving schools additional money when they have families from poorer backgrounds, the Government is
seeking to ‘diminish the difference’ in achievement, meaning that any student from any background should be able to achieve at a high level. The money is intended to support schools to ensure this happens for students in their care.

Pupil Premium funding at Staples Road is spent on a range of support and additional intervention which ensures that every child succeeds. You can read in more detail about our spending and the review of our impact and see the planned expenditure in the documents below.

As a school we understand that not all socially disadvantaged pupils will be eligible for free school meals, for example those without recourse to public funds, and we reserve the right to allocate pupil premium funding to those children we identify as socially disadvantaged.


How is the impact monitored?

Assessment procedures at Staples Road are robust and we are relentless in monitoring and evaluating the progress of all children. This is done in our pupil progress meetings each term, where we identify any child who is not on track or has not made adequate progress, and then put in place targeted support for them. Children eligible for Pupil Premium funding are identified through this process and support mapped on to the range of resources the school has to offer.


What are the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils of the school?

We always seek to understand every child and their family as individuals and understand that generalisations are not always helpful. However, some common challenges for eligible pupils include:

  • Reduced experience of nursery settings and lack of a language rich environment, resulting in lower attainment on entry

  • A narrower physical sphere or experience; they may have had less opportunity to travel outside of the immediate area or to access a wide range of opportunities and experiences

  • They may have had less access to books, toys and other resources which support early learning and development

  • Some families experience housing challenges and this can have very significant negative impact on them, including tiredness, personal hygiene, hunger, fear and anxiety

  • Some children experience a poor diet

  • Some children experience the effects of substance misuse or domestic violence

  • Some children have parents in prison


These challenges mean that we support the pupils in 4 areas:

  • Focus on academic support

  • Focus on social, emotional and behaviour

  • Focus on enrichment and widening opportunity

  • Focus on families/community

Please click on the link below if you wish to apply for free school meals for your child (Years 3-6). Not only will successful applicants save hundreds of pounds in school dinner costs each year, but you will also be eligible for half-price school trips. The Pupil Premium Grant is also used in many other ways, including the cost of employing extra staff and running support groups, as well as  the purchase of specific resources to help improve learning.


Parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 can also trigger funding to the school for the Pupil Premium Grant, despite the fact that they already receive free school meals. Please speak to Mrs Pacitto in the school office who will provide you with an application form to do this.

Recovery Premium


On 19 June 2020 the Education Secretary announced a 'billion pound Covid catch-up plan to tackle the impact of lost teaching time.'   This additional funding is provided for all state funded schools and was made available for the academic year 2020 to 2021.


Sports Premium

At Staples Road we use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport we offer.

This means that we use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that we already offer
  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years


There are 5 key indicators that all schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport


Here are a few examples of how we use this funding at Staples Road:

  • provide staff with professional development, mentoring, training and resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
  • hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers to enhance or extend current opportunities
  • introduce new sports, dance or other activities to encourage more pupils to take up sport and physical activities
  • support and involve the least active children by providing targeted activities, and running or extending school sports
  • enter or run more sport competitions
  • partner with other schools to run sports activities and clubs
  • increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
  • encourage pupils to take on leadership or volunteer roles that support sport and physical activity within the school
  • provide additional swimming provision targeted to pupils not able to meet the swimming requirements of the national curriculum
  • embed physical activity into the school day through active travel to and from school, active playgrounds and active teaching
Welcome back to a new term at Staples Road!