Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy


Current National Guidelines

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is a Government initiative designed to provide additional funding to address potential underachievement of our most disadvantaged children. The PPG is available those who are (or have been) eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after by the Local Authority or adopted, or from families with parents serving (or having served) in Her Majesty's forces. At GANF, we track the achievement 'gap’ between all pupils and those eligible for Pupil Premium funding. While the number of pupils receiving free school meals determines much of our Pupil Premium Grant, we are also required to narrow the achievement gap between all the various groups of pupils.

Introduction and Purpose

This strategy shows GANF’s 2018/2019 intended approach to closing any achievement gaps. It also outlines how the Fellowship plans to utilise the Pupil Premium Grant to effectively raise standards of attainment and achievement. At GANF we recognise the importance of ensuring all pupils, whatever their background or circumstance, are provided with a relevant education of the highest quality. This will ensure that all our pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in, and beyond, the Fellowship. At GANF, strategies to close achievement gaps between groups and individuals are an integral part of every lesson, and evident in all areas of the Fellowship. Within the classroom there is a clear focus on well planned and differentiated lessons that challenge and stretch all pupils.

Aims & Objectives

Key Aims: Diminishing the Difference

1. To improve knowledge and understanding of Closing the Gap strategies and interventions of staff and to share good practice.

2. To develop a clear direction and focus to diminish the difference across all areas of the Fellowship especially eligible for PP pupils.
3. To embed ‘Closing the Gap’ across the whole Fellowship curriculum, using a range of resources and strategies.
4. To raise levels of attainment and achievement and narrow the gap between target groups and individuals; specifically for eligible for PP pupils.

Schools have the freedom to spend the PPG, which is additional to the underlying school's budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the pupils in this category.

In 2018 - 2019 GANF will be allocated the following funding 

Ambergate – £92, 880

Sandon - £22,340

This funding will be used to build on the successes of last year with the ultimate aim for 100% of eligible for Pupil Premium pupils to achieve their CASPA and National progression guidance target for the end of the year.

Whole School Strategy

As a school we recognise that there is not a one size fits all strategy that will ensure that all children flourish.

However, we also know that certain whole school strategies will benefit all children – especially those eligible for Pupil Premium pupils.

The whole school strategies that will be used in 2018-2019 are as follows:

Eligible for Pupil Premium pupils will be targeted in all staff planning to ensure they are targeted for extra support in each lesson across the curriculum. 

We will work with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Lincolnshire Learning Partnership on their Mobilise project. The focal point of the project will be the key recommendations around reading, writing and communication, as well as resources and strategies to implement them. Evidence-based understanding will underpin changes in approaches to teaching reading and writing. The research will allow pupils to benefit and improve their learning including eligible for Pupil Premium pupils.

Pupils eligible for Pupil Premium

The PPG per pupil criteria and unit funding for 2018-2019 is as follows:

Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals


Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM


Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority


Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence


Pupil Premium Strategy

In school barriers

A number of disadvantaged pupils have lower level literacy and numeracy skills relative to other pupils

The disadvantaged pupils may have a lack of Fellowship organisation, which slows their progress relative to other pupils

External barriers

Attendance rates for eligible for PP pupils in previous years has been slightly lower than the non-eligible for PP pupils, this reduces their school hours and causes them to not perform as well as their peers

Desired outcomes

High levels of progress in literacy and numeracy for pupils eligible for PP

Pupils eligible for PP make expected progress by the end of the year. This will be evidenced through the school tracking data.

Improved rates of progress across all key stages for all eligible for PP pupils

Pupils eligible for PP make as much progress or above as ‘other’ pupils across all key stages. Where they are not, intervention teacher to implement interventions, monitored Teacher in Charge of Pupil Premium and Intervention.

Improved rates of progress across key stages for high attaining pupils eligible for PP

Pupils eligible for PP identified as high attaining make as much progress or better than ‘other’ pupils identified as high attaining, across all key stages. Where they are not, intervention teacher to implement interventions, monitored Teacher in Charge of Pupil Premium and Intervention.

Increased attendance rates for pupils eligible for PP

Overall attendance among pupils eligible for PP improves and is in line with ‘other’ pupils



Pupil Premium Data

Ambergate Sports College



There are three distinct waves of intervention

Strategies for closing the achievement gap

Wave 1 - The effective inclusion of all children in high quality teaching & learning

To include:

  • Differentiation in the class to an individual level
  • Literacy support in class
  • Small group work within the class
  • Working with peers of a similar/higher ability
  • TA support in class
  • Revision guides

Wave 2 - Additional time-limited provision in the form of small-group intervention outside of the normal classroom.

Wave 1 provisions are in place. Wave 2 interventions should be used for pupils who can be expected to ‘catch up’ with their peers as a result of the intervention.

Wave 3 - Specific targeted interventions for identified pupils outside of the classroom.

  • Additional time-limited intervention and provision to enhance the progress of identified children.
  • This will involve intensely focused teaching activities that tackle fundamental gaps in skills, knowledge and understanding which is preventing progress
  • These would usually be conducted on a 1 to 1 or small group basis where the teacher does not expect pupils to make the expected progress in a group situation.

Sandon School

sandon pp

There were a few pupils highlighted from 2017-18 that did not make expected progress in the core subjects. For some pupils there were circumstances that prevented their successful progress and for others planned intervention and support will be put in place to ensure progress is made in the next academic year. In line with the pupil premium strategy targeted interventions and support will also be in put in place to close the attainment gap for all pupil premium pupils.