Emsworth Primary School

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Pupil Premium

Emsworth Primary School Pupil Premium Report


The Pupil Premium Grant is central government funding paid to schools and is designed to support additional provision for students in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) now or at any point in the last six years. It is part of recognition nationally and internationally that economic disadvantage has a negative impact on student attainment. The Pupil Premium, therefore, should be used to close the gap between these students and is aimed to eradicate any disadvantage. At Emsworth Primary School each child is treated as an individual and interventions are tracked on an individual basis. Each child’s progress is tracked rigorously and interventions are put in place in order to close any gaps.

The Department for Education will allocate the following amounts for 2019/20:

  • £1,320 per pupil for those who have been entitled to free school meals at any time in their primary schooling
  • £2,300 per pupil for looked after children by the Local Authority (from April 2020, the new rate will be £2,345 per eligible pupil)
  • £2,300 per pupil for those who were looked after by the LA and are now subject to adoption, special guardianship, child arrangement or residents order (from April 2020, the new rate will be £2,345 per eligible pupil)
  • £300 per pupil for those who have a parent in the regular armed forces.

The grant may be spent in the following ways:

  • for the purposes of the school e.g. for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
  • for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
  • on community facilities e.g. services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated

This is fully explained in the following Department for Education document:


 Emsworth Primary School statistics for the Financial Year 2019/20 (April 2019 to March 2020). This is based on pupil numbers and characteristics at the time of the last census.

Total number of pupils on roll


 Amount allocated

Total number of FSM pupils (ever 6)

55 @ £1,320


Total number of Service pupils

18 @  £300


Breakdown of Pupil Premium Expenditure for academic year 2019/2020

 Information to be updated soon.

2019 Pupil Performance Data

 End of KS2 pupil performance data for 2018/19 showed the following:

Reading Writing Maths
% of pupil premium pupils at Emsworth Primary who achieved Age Related Expectations







National average for disadvantaged pupils 








Emsworth average scaled score for disadvantaged pupils 






70% of disadvantaged pupils at Emsworth Primary School achieved the expected standard or higher in reading, writing and maths combined at the end of KS2 in 2019.  The school's attainment gap with non disadvantaged pupils, nationally, improved by 5.4%

Removing Barriers

The main barriers to educational achievement that the disadvantaged children in our school face are:

- their limited vocabulary and language skills which in turn slows reading and writing progress and therefore attainment

- lack of concentration and limited attention span which hinders engagement within lessons (readiness to learn)

- limited access to resources and opportunities both in and outside school which creates a limited educational experience 

- low expectations and aspirations within families

The main strategies the school is employing to break down these barriers are:          

-       additional adult support both in class and withdrawn to provide specific intervention programmes on a 1:1 basis or small group basis (this support is given to not only to those children in danger of falling behind but also those who need challenging further in their learning)

-       adult support within the class for a group which will include PP children

-       pupil conferencing which provides a focused time with individual children where the teacher can concentrate on key learning points 

[Pupil conferencing is embedded in a child-centred learning philosophy, where individuals identify barriers to their progress.This powerful discussion then informs actions that promote positive outcomes for personalised learning for children, with a strong emphasis on moving learning forward. Children make accelerated progress when they have independence and ownership of their learning.  As part of this ongoing process, children are encouraged to look for ways to improve their own learning by reflecting on what they have achieved.  There is much to gain when developing children’s resilience, reflectiveness and resourcefulness and enabling children to ‘unlock their own learning’ through adult support and direction.]   

 -       providing 1:1 support for children with specific behavioural and emotional needs

-       providing Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA) for those children in need of support for emotional awareness, self-esteem, anger management, social and friendship skills, social communication difficulties, loss, bereavement and family circumstances

-       funding access to opportunities, e.g. breakfast club, residential visits, or for resources, e.g. subscriptions, IT equipment, uniform etc.

We also discussed key whole school strategies that are having a greater impact on children’s progress:

  • The school opening from 8.30 a.m. each morning. As well as starting the day in a more settled way, this is providing additional time for learning – 15 minutes each day – and this time is being well utilised by teaching and support staff
  • 1:1 pupil conferencing introduced last term. Children responded well to this individual attention by their teachers and teachers noticed a marked difference in children’s attitude and approach to their learning after using this approach

Nurture group run by ELSAs and Behaviour Support Team. We have trained an additional ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) as many children need nurture and emotional wellbeing before they can settle to their learning. We have already noticed the impact of this nurture work and consider it a valuable investment. The Behaviour Support specialists run a nurture group with some Year 3 boys who need support for a range of reasons.

Extra Learning Support hours to be used for targeted interventions in certain year groups. An example of this is an additional 3 afternoons a week where a group of Year 2 children have one to one reading support. This has already had a positive effect on their pleasure in reading as well as their comprehension and fluency.

Specialised equipment for learning for specified children who have additional needs. This includes IPads, laptops, enlarged print texts. Equipment for school which includes school uniform vouchers - every pupil premium family receives a £20 Asda voucher and a school sweatshirt to the value of £10. We also contribute towards extra curricular clubs, breakfast club places, transport costs,  and the cost of school trips and residentials and associated expenses.

This spending is planned and monitored by the Finance Officer, Headteacher and Governors and is driven by the School Improvement Priorities. If you have suggestions as to how we might use pupil premium money more effectively, please contact a class teacher, the headteacher or any governor at the school. All suggestions will be treated confidentially unless you agree otherwise.