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Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Pupil Premium

Minster Church of England Primary School Pupil Premium Strategy

DFE - Government link for the Pupil Premium allocation for the 2019-2020 academic year.



Minster C of E Primary School


    Pupil Premium Report to Parents September 2019




The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It is additional funding for vulnerable children who are statistically proven to underachieve academically compared to their peers. Pupil Premium is paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures. The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used to address any underlying inequalities between children who are eligible and their peers. To ensure that funding reaches the pupils who need it most we closely monitor individual children academically as well as socially and emotionally. Children qualify for Pupil Premium if they fall into one of the three following categories:


  • Eligible for Free School Meals
  • Child in Care
  • A child with parents in the Armed Forces


It is our aim that all pupils receive the best possible education and are encouraged and supported with their learning so they attain and achieve well. We maintain a clear focus on any pupils who are not reaching expected attainment or making adequate progress and have a clear tracking system with Provision Maps in place to ensure we monitor and target any support that is necessary. We also liaise with outside agencies and communicate with parents/carers so they are kept informed. The school makes every effort to encourage families who are able to claim Free School Meals to do so.


Free School Meals

To be eligible for a Free School Meal, families need to receive one of the following benefits:


  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job seekers Allowance
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 if you are an asylum seeker
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.


If you qualify your child/children will be able to receive a Free School Meal as well as the Pupil Premium grant to support them in school.  From September the school is given £1,320 per child that fit this criterion.  This makes a significant difference to their education. Your child does not have to have the hot meal for the school to receive the funding. 


Children in Care


Children in Care are automatically eligible for funding with the Pupil Premium. As a school we bid for the funding. We detail, with supporting evidence, the additional interventions that the children receive and the cost of this support to the school. Children in Care are eligible for funding up to £2300 this academic year.

Schools will also receive £2,300 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order


Service Children


A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces. This Service Premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. It is also used to close any attainment gaps.  


Objectives of the Pupil Premium in this School


  • The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils
  • The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers
  • As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupil Premium and their peers
  • We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.


School Policy


The Head Teacher and governing body have agreed a policy for Pupil Premium to guide the use of funds and to ensure that it represents value for money.




The Head Teacher and Leadership Team will regularly and rigorously monitor, evaluate and review the strategies we have put into place for Pupil Premium and report to the Governing Body on its progress and impact


Strategies Used to Close The Gap - What does Minster C of E Primary spend its Pupil Premium on?


Research by the Sutton Trust (Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit) on Pupil Premium provision

Feedback (+8 months)
1:1 time each week with a learning coach to focus on next steps. This coach is a ‘significant adult’ in their life who takes a special and individual interest in a child’s achievement and is particularly focused on Writing. This coaching does include other areas if needed.
1:1 Tuition (+5 months)
1:1 time with a qualified teacher to focus on gaps in learning in English and Maths
Small Group Tuition (+4 months)
Group work with a qualified teacher / TA to narrow gaps in learning
Phonics (+4 months)
Smaller learning groups, 1:1 and small group tuition to bridge gaps in learning (EYFS to Yr 4)
Reducing Learning Group Sizes (+3 months)
Smaller learning groups in Literacy and Maths
Early Years Intervention (+4 months)
Teacher working directly with Pupil Premium children
Social and Emotional Learning (+4 months)
Behaviour Intervention (+4 months)
1:1 counselling, Behaviour Management and Social Skills, Nurture Groups, 1:1 and small group Mentor Support in class (targeted pupils across the whole school), Flo support for vulnerable children and their families and The Lighthouse Project for individual and family support.
Collaborative Learning (+5 months)
Pointing out the skills and practicing the skills of collaborative learning though work in the classroom and with Behaviour and Learning mentors. Work on personal self-esteem so more reticent pupils have the confidence to speak up and participate in group work and open activities with confidence (across the whole school)
Parental Involvement (+3 months)
Working with parents to encourage participation with their child’s learning progress (targeted pupils across the whole school)
Digital Technology (+4 months)
Ipad project, filming and analysis of teaching and learning, pupil use of ipad technology (Yrs 3-6)
Outdoor and Adventure Learning (+3 months)
Cost of new school minibuses, funding of trips
Sports and Arts participation (+2 months)
Additional monies to specific projects and subject budgets
After school programmes (+2 months)
Financial assistance to school clubs


The school also uses an amount of funding to pay for educational experiences, Breakfast Club and resources that we believe will encourage effort and progress.


In the classrooms we have invested time and training in developing formative marking and encouraging pupil response; involving pupils in their learning path and sharing accountability with them for personal progress. Quality feedback is making a real difference to the progress of pupils across the school.


This extensive additional provision means that many more pupils now receive extra support than in previous years. This is reflected in improving results and upward trend at the end of Key Stages 1 & 2 and better Average Points Progress across the school.




  • In school we have 65 pupils who are entitled to benefit from the additional funding out of  pupils (17%).
  • Each entitled Free School Meals pupil receives £1,320; £2300 for Children in Care and £300 for Service Children.
  • In the current year the school receives £95,980 additional funds.
  • Schools results compared to other local schools and nationally can be viewed at the following web site:


Use of Pupil Premium


To ensure the greatest impact in narrowing any attainment gaps in 2019-20 we have used the funding, along with other school resources in accordance with research on the most effective use of Pupil Premium conducted by the Sutton Trust (Education Endowment Foundation).

We have also spent other school budgets on developing many other areas of the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit e.g. feedback, meta-cognition and self-regulation,  peer tutoring and developing parental involvement.


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Trust Information

Willows Academy Trust

The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

Monkton Church of England Primary School