Pupil Premium 2018/19 Grant Expenditure Report to Parents

Picknalls First School Allocation

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between pupils from low-income and other disadvantaged families, and their peers. If a pupil has been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Looked After Child), the school receives an amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for pupils who have a parent in the armed services.


Picknalls is a two form entry First School with 268 pupils (Census Figure Jan 2018 Reception to Year Four). Currently, the percentage of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding is 9.33%. This figure is lower than the national average for academies which is currently 15.1%*. Picknalls is resolute in its belief that all pupils are given the best possible chance to achieve their full potential through the highest standards of classroom teaching, focussed support and interventions, an exciting and engaging curriculum and emotional well-being. We believe the additional provision delivered through the Pupil Premium funding should be available to all pupils within school who we know to be disadvantaged and vulnerable, irrespective of whether they are eligible for the funding. Indeed, it should be noted, that many of the pupils identified as requiring additional levels of support are not necessarily those who fulfil the FSM eligibility criteria. The school considers best ways to allocate Pupil Premium money annually following rigorous data analysis and the careful consideration of the needs of the individual pupils.  Our determined and committed leadership team and wider staff ensure that Pupil Premium funding and provision impacts achievement, attendance as well as social and emotional well-being.  The Head teacher, SENCO and SLT regularly evaluate pupil premium outcomes compared to other pupils in school to ensure the most effective strategies and provision are in place to fully meet the need of EVERY individual here at Picknalls First School.

* Figure obtained from ‘Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2018’ Department for Education National Statistics.

Picknalls First School Pupil Premium Breakdown

Total number of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding

Number of eligible boys

Number of eligible girls

Number of pupils eligible for free school meals in the last six years
(ever 6 FSM)

Number of service children

25/268 or 9.33%





Total number of children eligible for

Looked After Children funding

Number of Adopted

Number of Looked After




Picknalls First School Pupil Premium Objectives for 2018/2019 Academic Year




Delivery of a number of specialist focused interventions.


Raising standards in reading with a focus on boy’s attainment.


Extra-curricular activities to broaden opportunities and experiences.


Trips and Outdoor Education.

Objective 1: Delivery of specialist focused interventions


Success criteria


Person responsible

Employ a maths specialist teacher.

Careful tracking of individuals identified as having an additional need will provide data that shows a positive impact in the form of a diminishing gap.

Maths and English teachers employed from September to May annually.


Headteacher to employ staff

Headteacher, class teachers and SENCO to monitor and track individuals through data and pupil progress meetings

Deputy Head, SLT and Governors to analyse data.

Employ an English specialist teacher.

Employ an intervention TA

TA employed for the whole school year.

Objective 2: Raising standards in reading by fostering a love of reading for pleasure with a focus on boy’s attainment


Success criteria


Person responsible

Investigate and sign up to the Stoke City Reading scheme.

Purchase Library software.

Train Year 4 Librarians.

Every child from R to Year 4 to start having weekly library sessions as well as taking a library book home each week.

Year 1 boys will see a male role model reading on a regular basis. Monitor boy/girl reading gap over the course of the year to measure impact.

Children will enjoy visiting the Library and enjoy a greater breadth and depth to their reading.

November 18 to June 19

Roll out from September 2018 to December 2018 with a view to be fully up and running by January 2019.

School Bursar to cost.

Headteacher to book.

Year 1 staff to monitor impact.

Deputy Head to train Year 4 children. 

Literacy Lead to devise timetable for Library use.

Next pupil questionnaire to have specific library question.

Objective 3: Extra-Curricular Opportunities


Success criteria 


Person responsible

All Children:

Subsidies to football and drama clubs to be made to reduce the half termly cost to open these activities to a greater number of children.

Specific Children:

Funding of swimming and gymnastics lessons

Clubs will continue to run as numbers make them viable.

Life skills will be learnt as well as growth in social and emotional well-being and self-confidence.

September 2018 to July 2019

September 2018 to July 2019

School Bursar and Head Teacher to monitor

School Bursar and Head Teacher to monitor

Objective 4: Trips and Outdoor Education


Success criteria


Person responsible

All Year 4 pupil premium children to receive a reduction in cost to 2 night residential to Shugborough to bring cost within reasonable limits.

Specific Children: To receive support with the cost of additional day trips organised within each year group.

All children in Year 4 attend the residential.

All children attend at least one day trip a year to embed and enhance learning in the classroom.

February 2019

September 2018 to July 2019

Year 4 staff and School Bursar.

Class Teachers and School Bursar to ensure no child misses out on a trip due to cost.