Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is only payable to schools for those children whose parents meet the eligibility criteria, but it is important for schools to be able to make use of all available resources to support your child. Please check your entitlement by using the link below:


Pupil Premium Overview

The Pupil Premium Fund was introduced in April 2011 and paid to local authorities by a grant based on the January census figures for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) in Reception to Year 11. It is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. Currently, for each FSM pupil and looked after child, a school receives £1320. 

Please register your child if you are eligible using the easy online facility which has been launched by Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S). You can now check your eligibility for FSM. This self-service option is available at: www.hants.gov.uk/caterers/hc3s-freeschoolmeals.

In April 2012, the Government widened the coverage of the Premium to include those eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). Schools decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since it is recognised that they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. The Service Children Premium rose to £300 as from 1 April 2013. This is to support their emotional and social well-being. The Ministry of Defence has extended the Service Children Premium to include children whose parent has left the service up to three years ago, this is known as Ever 3. Please inform the school if one parent is in the services or has been in the last three years. 

Since September 2012, schools have been required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium and the impact it has had. This is to ensure that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. This information includes:

  • The level of pupil premium funding received by the school in the current academic year and levels of funding received in previous academic years.
  • How the school has spent the pupil premium and why it has decided to spend it in the way it has.
  • Any differences made to the learning and progress of pupils eligible for the pupil premium as shown by performance data and evidence.
The very best school systems in the world intervene at the level of the individual student,
developing processes and structures within schools that are able to identify whenever a
student is starting to fall behind, and then intervening to improve that child’s performance.
— McKinsey 2007

We have used published research and guidance to ensure we are developing a model of best practice. This research included; 

  • ‘The Pupil Premium; How Schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement’ (Ofsted)
  • ‘The Pupil Premium; Analysis and Challenge Tools for Schools’ (Ofsted)
  • ‘The Pupil Premium - How schools are using the Pupil Premium funding to raise achievement for disadvantaged pupils’ (Ofsted)

At Portway Infant School we believe every child is entitled to learn free from deprivation and disadvantage, where birth and social background do not impact on them achieving their potential. By knowing each and every individual child and accurately identifying their barriers to learning we are able to secure high levels of attainment irrespective of life outside the classroom.

There are a number of families not eligible for FSM who live on very low incomes and face the same challenges as those families identified as FSM. We also have a number of families known to be eligible who prefer not to register. By creating a climate where all staff are committed to finding solutions for every child’s needs and poor attainment is unacceptable, in any context, we are able to deliver achievement for all.

Funding Allocation 2015-2016

Total Pupils on roll: 270
Total pupils eligible as Ever 6: 32
Total pupils eligible as Service Children: 29
Total pupils eligible for PPG: 61
Amount of PPG received for Ever 6: £42,240
Amount of PPG received for Service Children: £8,700
Total amount of PPG received: £50,940


PPG Spending 2015-16

Year Group


Estimated cost



Child & Family Support Worker


Support to families through school or self-referral with issues relating to general family well-being eg behaviour, relationships and routines that may impact on a child’s ability to thrive at school.


Inclusion Support Worker


To support children with the behavioural aspects of life in school through 1:1 support and children with SEN, social, emotional and learning needs. Small group support and working with the class teachers and Learning Support Assistants to develop bespoke support for children.


Special Needs Assistant 


One to one and small group provision for children who need additional support to attain age expected targets and goals.


Emotional Literacy Support Assistant


One to one and small group provision for children who need additional support with the social and emotional aspects of life both in and out of school. Developing strategies, social behaviours and emotional resilience.


Lunch Club


Small group lunchtime provision to support children to have a successful lunchtime and develop social play skills.




Closing the Gap - One to one targeted support to accelerate progress in Reading, Writing and Maths


Language and Speech Link


Online diagnostic and intervention programme to support children below age expectation in Speech & Language on entry


SEN assessment


Closing the Gap - Diagnostic testing to ensure accurate interventions are used to support underachievement


SEN Resources


Closing the Gap – Resources to support all areas of SEN provision including Occupational Therapy, one to one learning and adaptions to the learning environment


Occupational Therapy


Assessment, diagnosis and intervention programmes for children identified with Sensory Needs with a qualified, independent OT




Thrive approach used to assess and deliver 1-1 programmes for children with social and emotional gaps.

All year groups

Breakfast Club


Places made available free of charge to disadvantaged families on a case by case basis.

Breakfast Club - Sports Coaching


Twice weekly sports coaching at Breakfast Club targeting PPG pupils

Play Therapy


By referral – school or PBS/CFSW

Trip subsidies


At discretion of HT



At discretion of HT

Pupil Premium Grant Summary


Total PPG Received


Total PPG Expenditure


PPG Total


The PPG does not cover all expenditure, however the staff roles, activities and resources are considered necessary provision to meet the needs of Portway Infant School pupils and therefore additional funding is allocated from the budget.

End of Key Stage 1 2015 Results


Average Point Scores










FSM pupils







Non FSM pupils







Year 1 Phonic Screening

Passed %





FSM pupils




Non FSM pupils




Impact Evaluation

End of year results and internal tracking data demonstrate FSM children attaining significantly above national data benchmarks. In all subjects the FSM attainment is closer to non FSM nationally.

Rigorous tracking ensured interventions were timely and accurately met individual needs. Understanding individual barriers to learning were critical in engaging resources outside school expertise eg Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy.

Extending experiences targeting vulnerable groups through the wider curriculum eg breakfast club sports coaching.

Next Steps:

·       Identify more opportunities for projects and activities to extend the curriculum particularly using the outdoor learning environment

·       Analyse internal ‘gap’ in FSM non FSM attainment (FSM children attain significantly above national FSM)