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Pupil Premium

Cedar Children’s Academy is committed to providing good quality education and experiences for all our pupils.

To see the Pupil Premium data for 2015/16 please click here: Pupil premium statement for 2015-16

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to the main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) within the past 6 years and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more.

Why has it been introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Who decides on how the money is spent?

In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what their pupils need.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) received for the academic year 2016/17

Total number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible

114 (20.65%)

Amount received for the academic year 2016/17


What are our key strategies to close the attainment and progress gaps for FSM and Pupil Premium Pupils at our academy?

  • Rigorous tracking of all pupils across the school (termly) both in progress and attainment
  • Underperforming pupil premium/FSM pupils named as specific target children for every teacher (termly)
  • Specific interventions, prioritising pupil premium / FSM pupils
  • Raise attendance and punctuality of pupil premium

Interventions 2016/17

Focus Proposed Impact Funding
From PPG
1. Enriching the curriculum

Enrichment days

Subsidised trips

Theatre performance

IT resources / technical support Guided reading / library books Enhancing the school environment

  • Pupils have a rich bank of experiences to support ideas for writing
  • Pupils have high quality teaching in all subjects
  • Pupils are more engaged with writing due to use of IT equipment
  • Pupils have access to good quality books
  • Pupils use the school environment to enhance their ideas and enjoyment across the curriculum
2. Targeted Support

Writing interventions (1:1 / small groups) Reading interventions (1:1 / small groups) Maths interventions (1:1 / small groups) 1:1 learning support for other subjects

Numbers count

First class in number



  • Accelerated progress in Writing
  • Accelerated progress in Reading
  • Accelerated progress in Maths
3. Well-being support

Attendance officer

Designated safeguarding lead

Counseling services (outsourced)

Drawing and talk therapy

My stickers rewards system (attendance)

Relate support

Alternate provision places FSM

  • Improvement of attendance figures
  • Improved punctuality
  • Reduction of persistent absences
  • Vulnerable children are able to successfully access the curriculum and stay within their classrooms and peers making good progress
  • Pupils have strategies to manage their feelings
  • Pupils learn to self-manage their
    learning behaviour
4. Staff training
“Putting pupil premium first” training.
  • Vulnerable pupils books are visually highlighted and marked first, raising awareness of the this groups progress/ attainment in comparison to the rest of their class.
In house training.
5. Extending school support

Subsidising school trips

Free / subsidised breakfast club / after school club places

Free school uniform.

  • Residential trips and are
    introduced to new experiences
  • Attendance / punctuality is
    improved for specific PP pupils
£5, 000 uniform

£5,000 trips


6. Closing the attainment gap based on analysis of current data

Acting on addressing clear gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium children in Early Years GLD Year 1 phonics results.

  • Purchase new phonics resources which target these areas.
7. Parental engagement
Online/ ICT support and advice from the office team
  • Parents are able to support their children at home via learning workshops.
  • Parents have a better understanding of the 2014 curriculum and how we assess their children through additional support materials
  • Positive relationships are built and fostered within the school community
  • Vulnerable parents have support within the school
  • Vulnerable families are advised and supported with any online applications.
Pupil Premium 2016/17Governors and the school leadership team will discuss the impact outcomes at the end of 2016/17 when analysis is complete. This will inform decision on targeted pupil premium spend in 2017/18.