Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Yarlside Academy’s Grant Allocation

It is additional funding that is given to schools so that they can support and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. It also supports children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, Yarlside Academy has been allocated Pupil Premium Grant totalling approximately £5637.

The school will receive £1320 per primary pupil (reception to year 6) who is currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or has been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years.

Schools will receive £2300 for any pupil identified in the school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:

  • 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

The service child premium will be paid to schools at the rate of £300 per pupil.

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is not ‘ring fenced’ and schools are free to spend it as they wish but need to demonstrate that the expenditure is contributing to closing performance gaps between children who experience social disadvantage and others. The grant is intended to benefit children who are currently in school.



 School name

Yarlside Academy

Pupils in school

 247 (September 2020) 

Proportion of disadvantaged pupils


Pupil premium allocation this academic year


Academic year or years covered by statement


Publish date

September 2020

Review date

September 2021

Statement authorised by

Janine Pierce

Pupil premium lead

Mark Bland

Governor lead

Steve Barratt

 Barriers to Learning

Here at Yarlside, through discussion with teachers, teaching assistants and the pupils, we recognise a variety of barriers to educational achievement which are faced by eligible pupils for the PPG:

A difficulty in engaging and a struggle to relate to written questions within maths, reading and writing particularly during whole class lessons.

A lack of financial support from families to support extra-curricular learning and enrichment activities.

Strategies such as guided reading, guided writing and SAFE and CLIC clinics appear to have had limited impact for a number of children. However; children say they enjoy working 1:1 with teachers and teaching assistants and in small groups.

What is it spent on?

The governors at Yarlside Academy have agreed that PPG should be spent on all vulnerable and/or disadvantaged pupils in school.

The money will be spent on:

  • Providing classrooms with additional teaching assistants with a particular emphasis on working alongside disadvantaged children during the core subjects.
  • Offering disadvantaged children 1:1 and 1:2 focused teaching time for the core subjects outside of the core subject timetable.
  • Subsidies for residential visits
  • Subsidies for swimming provision
  • Funding to attend extra-curricular enrichment activities.

In agreement with the governors, we have chosen the following strategies in bid to reduce the academic gap in attainment and maintain good progress for disadvantaged children in the core subject areas. We also aim to offer disadvantages pupils with equal access to wider enrichment opportunities such as sport’s coaching, music provision and residential visits.

Measuring the effect

We will measure the effect of our strategies by assessing the data for PP children on our internal assessment tracker. We will place emphasis on their attainment in relation to their peers and year group standards and their progress within the core subjects.

There will be on-going discussions with teachers and teaching assistants throughout the year.

We will also measure their attendance at after-school extra-curriculum clubs to ensure that they receive the additional opportunities provided.

Communications with parents/guardians will be maintained.

We aim to measure the effect of these strategies on a termly basis. The data will highlight amendments to the provision which we offer throughout the year.

Case studies will be completed at the end of the academic year which will analyse each child’s performance in the core subjects. Extra-curricular outcomes will also be celebrated.

Review of the school’s Pupil Premium strategy

This will take place across the Academy Trust schools during the Summer term 2021. This will be conducted by trained pupil premium reviewers.

Previous Academic Year

How the money was spent

During the last academic year (2019/20), our school received £6560 in total for all eligible primary-aged pupils. Yarlside Academy used this Pupil Premium Funding to contribute towards:

  • Targeted intervention for specific children and groups of children
  • Increased Teaching Assistant support for targeted groups of children and individual children
  • Resources to enable the appropriate intervention and support to be carried out effectively
  • Subsidies for residential (postponed this year due to lockdown) and educational visits
  • Subsidies for swimming provision.
The effect of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils

The impact of the Pupil Premium Grant is measured at the end of the academic year in relation to the children’s attainment and progress within the core subjects.

As a result of strategically targeting the pupil premium budget on the specific needs of vulnerable pupils:

  • The majority of eligible children have made at least good progress in maths, reading and writing.
  • Most vulnerable pupils are motivated to complete their work and welcome the help of support staff to assist them with their work.
  • Most vulnerable children have taken part in residential and/or educational visits and benefitted from their experiences.

The pupil premium budget has also supported other pupils with more access to teaching assistants within class. This has supported their progress and attainment within school.

Do you qualify?

You may qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7400.
  • Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.
  • Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.

You can apply for early years pupil premium if your child is aged 3 or 4 and you get 15 hours free childcare. You must also get at least one of the following from the above list. You may also get early years pupil premium if your child is currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales or if your child has left care in England or Wales through:

  • adoption
  • special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order