Pupil Premium at SIJS

Pupil Premium is a government grant scheme giving schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.


Schools receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:

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

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

How to apply

If you feel you are eligible for Pupil Premium funding, please speak to your child’s teacher or make an appointment to see Ms Davey or Mrs Watts. Whilst we cannot make an application on your child’s behalf we will give you all the assistance we can to help you make the application. 

Please apply online.


Service Pupil Premium

Service Pupil Premium (SPP) was introduced in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service family’s face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant. It is designed to assist schools in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently funded at £300 per service child who meets the eligibility criteria.

To view our Pupil Premium policy, CLICK HERE.

How do we use the Pupil Premium grant at SIJS to support pupils?

The school has high expectations for all pupils. Individual needs are identified and a wide range of intervention strategies guided by teachers and run by TA’s, which target learning, social skills, communication and sensory difficulties are put in place and their impact on pupils’ attainment and progress is monitored.

Year 6 continued to be taught in three small classes. Following in-depth analysis of attainment and progress after the summer 2016 assessment cycle, the use of an experienced teacher (0.7 FTE) was refined to deliver additional maths provision, targeting pupil premium pupils in year 5 An additional teaching assistant is employed in  year 3, targeting Pupil Premium pupils.

During 2016-2017, the English leader / SENDCo and Maths leader led family workshops in the development of phonics, spellings, dyslexia. times tables and how to support children with Maths at home.  The sessions were attended by approximately 7-12 parents/carers and the feedback was positive.

The school continues to recognise the need to maximise every learning opportunity and provides additional learning opportunities for pupils entitled to pupil premium funding by:

  • Monitoring attendance and punctuality
  • Providing early intervention where appropriate
  • Inviting pupils to early morning Hub Club
  • Providing an after school home learning club
  • Providing a Year 6 ‘Study Club’ in the Spring Term in the lead up to KS2 SATs

We ensure that the additional support we provide is effective by:

  • Looking at the individual needs of each child and identifying actual or potential barriers to learning
  • Ensuring communication between staff is highly effective
  • Working with other agencies to bring in additional expertise as required
  • Providing consistent support for parents / carers to develop their own ability to support their children’s learning across the curriculum
  • Targeting intervention according to the needs of individual children, for example targeted one to one tuition with an experienced teacher
  • Recognising and building on children’s strengths to further boost confidence
  • Monitoring the impact of support

SIJS adopts the fundamental values of the ‘Thrive’ programme, which recognises the importance of neuro-development and the impact of early attachment on learning to ensure pupils’ emotional and sensory needs are met so that pupils are in a sensory state conducive to learning.  All staff received additional training on attachment as well as training on brain science led by the Headteacher and SENDCo.  Further whole school training focused on attachment theory, neuro-plasticity and the impact of effective targeted intervention to enable pupils with poor attachment to build successful relationships and therefore learn more effectively.

How was the Pupil Premium grant spent on curriculum and resources at SIJS?

Pupil Premium funding is spent in an individualised and personal way to address the needs of a particular child.  Apart from prioritised, targeted additional tuition with a specialist teacher and targeted additional support, the costs of residential visits, for example may be covered, as well as other class educational visits to enhance learning.

Enrichment weeks, planned annually, provide unique learning opportunities, enabling pupils to flourish and take part in high quality experiences, not normally encountered within a classroom: shelter building, climbing walls, surfing, fencing cooking on an open fire and much, much more.  

In September 2016 the school launched the Curiosity Challenge with a view to encouraging families to be curious together and kindle pupils awe and wonder of the natural world – a key driver for pupil premium pupils.  The school regularly facilitated challenge opportunities for families and pupils were motivated to achieve their bronze, silver and gold awards.

The school continues to use its own PLT (Personalised Learning Targets) scheme for spelling, number facts and times tables. PLT is driven by ipsative referencing (setting personal bests) and each pupil at SIJS is assessed at least weekly by either the class teacher or teaching assistant.  SMART targets are set by teachers in discussion with pupils every half term for times table and spelling.

Spellodrome and Mathletics were purchased to support learning at home for all pupils with Pupil Premium pupils specifically targeted and Morning Hub Club covered by additional TA hours to support pupils to complete intervention tasks.

September 2016 to August 2017

ActivitySept 16 to Mar 17 (7mths)Apr 17 to Aug 17 (5mths)Total
TOTAL PP INCOME£80,677£49,883£130,560
Teachers & Intervention Work£34,690£14,313£49,003
Additional Teaching Assistants£16,718£11,374£28,092
Curriculum & School Resources£338£48£386
After School Clubs£465£135£600
Educational Visits£14,849£1,106£15,955
Music Tuition£1,220£200£1,420
TOTAL PP EXPENDITURE£68,280£27,176£95,456


How do we measure the impact of the Pupil Premium grant at SIJS?

The use of flexible groupings in classrooms raises the behaviour expectations of Pupil Premium pupils and provides a much more inclusive ethos in class, where all pupils are valued, regardless of their ability or background.  Pupil Premium pupils learn collaboratively with pupils from a multitude of different socio-economic backgrounds and with pupils of differing ability.  

There were a record numbers of pupils taking part in residential visits in 2016 -2017 as well as after school clubs which are free underpinning the school’s belief in universal entitlement:

  • 95 different children represented the school in a sporting team, 24 of whom were Ever 6 (so 25% of those representing the school were Ever 6)

All pupils are involved in the whole school winter performance every December and in end of term learning celebrations.

Pupil premium funding is also used for pupils to benefit from musical tuition with the breakdown as below:

24% of children learning an instrument in 2016 – 2017 were pupil premium children.

Pupil premium pupils are involved in the PAL (Physical Activity Leaders) programme at lunchtimes, which aims to support and engage younger pupils in a variety of activities designed by Year 6 pupils. The PAL programme contributes towards the growing level of responsibility and expectations placed on year 6 pupils to foster independence, responsibility and self – esteem.

We believe that additional tuition has a positive effect on pupils’ self esteem and confidence in all areas of the curriculum.


Are we closing the gap from 2016 data to 2017 at SIJS?

Teacher assessment of writing at expected standard:

  • The percentage of Pupil Premium pupils at SIJS achieving the expected standard plus in writing is significantly greater than the equivalent figure for all pupils nationally in 2017 (+12%)
  • The percentage of pupil premium pupils achieving the expected standard plus in writing is (23%) which is significantly greater than for Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium pupils in Cornwall.

Teacher assessment of writing at greater depth:

  • The percentage of Pupil Premium pupils working at greater depth within the standard at SIJS is broadly in line with equivalent figures for all pupils nationally (-2%) but there is a significant difference when compared with non-Pupil Premium pupils at SIJS.

READING at end of KS2:

  • The percentage of Pupil Premium pupils meeting the expected standard in reading was higher than all pupils nationally and for Pupil Premium children in Cornwall.

MATHS at end of KS2:

  • In maths the percentage of Pupil Premium pupils achieving a scaled score of 100+ was significantly lower than the equivalent figure for all pupils nationally but higher than the equivalent figure for Pupil Premium pupils in Cornwall.
  • Attainment and progress in Maths for pupils entitled to Pupil Premium funding is a key driver.

EGAPS at end of KS2:

  • The percentage of Pupil Premium pupils achieving the expected standard in EGAPS is lower (not significantly) than the equivalent figure for all pupils nationally –(5%) but higher than the equivalent figure for Pupil Premium pupils in the Cornwall.


Attainment for pupil premium pupils across the school:

Key findings for Year 3:

  • The percentage of Pupil Premium pupils reaching the threshold is greater in all 3 subjects
  • Significantly more non-Pupil Premium pupils achieve significantly above the threshold score (+11) than Pupil Premium pupils in all subject areas

Key findings for Year 4:

  • Although numbers are small and therefore not necessarily statistically valid, the drop in the percentage of pupils meeting the expected standard in EGAPS in 2017 is greater for Pupil Premium pupils than for non-Pupil Premium pupils.

Key findings for Year 5:

  • A significantly greater percentage of non-Pupil Premium pupils met the expected standard in 2017 compared to 2016 in all subjects, particularly Maths and EGAPS.

A significantly greater percentage of Pupil Premium pupils achieved the threshold with the greatest percentage gains made in Maths.