Pupil Premium

Academic Year 2023/2024

At Bredhurst we have high aspirations for all of our pupils. The staff and Governors work tirelessly to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their background, flourish at school. We aim to provide an environment where children can develop socially and emotionally as well as academically.



What is Pupil Premium Funding? 

Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools to improve the attainment and opportunities for disadvantaged pupils. Schools are able to use the money in a range of ways to help narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. The Government believes that this is the best way of tackling this inequality.

Schools are given a Pupil Premium for:

    • Children who are currently eligible for a free school meal. 
    • Children who have qualified for a free school meal in the last 6 years 
    • Children who have been looked after under local authority care for more than 1 day 


  • Children whose parents are service personnel 

At Bredhurst, approximately 6.67% of our pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

See below for our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement. This is a 3 year strategy which will be updated anually. 



Barriers to Learning and Educational Achievement 

at Bredhurst C of E Primary School

As a school we have summarised the main barriers to learning faced by some of our pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.  These barriers can cause the children to underachieve.

These are: 

  • Cognitive delay
  • Emotional or behavioural delay
  • Instability of early start to home life
  • Access to extra-curricular activities
  • Lack of enrichment opportunities
  • Children entering school not ready to learn
  • Absences/lateness
  • Lack of home resources
  • Home/school collaboration. 

In order to address these barriers we have identified some of the ways that we can help to overcome these.

  • Nurture group
  • Ed psych involvement - identifies the barriers to learning
  • Play therapy - helps with confidence and self -esteem
  • Counselling-allows pupils to focus on learning and aids confidence
  • Intervention groups to support learning- allows identified children to make rapid progress
  • Help for payment with school trip, uniforms and equipment- prevents negative feelings and allows children to feel prepared for learning
  • Help with extra-curricular activities-children have the opportunity for enrichment activities, which they may not have access to
  • Breakfast club-helps to reduce lateness and ensures children come into school ready to learn
  • Parental reminders regarding lateness and absence- ensures parents are aware of their duties and reminds them of pupil absence
  • Support with parenting- school working in collaboration ensures pupils feel motivated and supported



Pupil Premium Grant Allocation 


Last year our pupil premium funding was £32,425

Our pupil premium achievement data at EYFS and KS2 compares favourably with national, with our Pupil Premium children achieving well.  We identified an attainment gap between pupil premium children and non-pupil premium children at KS1. We put extra support into our year 3 team to ensure the gap in attainment was diminished between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged groups. Our key is early intervention for all pupils.

Listed below are some of the ways we are spent our pupil premium funding:

  • Staff access nurture training
  • Staff trained to run Drawing and Talking Therapy
  • additional teacher to raise standards across the school, enabling reduced class sizes
  • 1:1 reading interventions
  • 1:4 maths intervention groups
  • 1:4 handwriting intervention groups
  • 1:1 spelling interventions
  • 1:6 spelling intervention groups
  • 1:6 reading comprehension groups
  • 1:1 precision teach programmes
  • ed psychologist involvement 
  • speech and language training
  • Mentoring during lunchtime
  • Paying for some children to attend breakfast club
  • Enrichment opportunities such as subsidised school trips, visitors to the school
  • Providing family support through our SENCO
  • Monitoring of attendance and lateness
  • Specialist music tuition
  • Visual/memory interventions
  • Play therapy
  • After school sports provision
  • Releasing teachers to enable them to attend pupil progress meetings


The Education and Endowment Funding (EEF) Toolkit gives guidance regarding the most effective way of spending Pupil Premium Funds. Oral Language interventions had a +6 rating for low cost and interventions such as SULP, Switch on and Talk Boost.  Speech and language programmes are delivered in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Small group intervention is rated as a +4 impact, we have identified specific year groups who may need more intervention than others. Small group tuition has also been used to boost Reading, Language and Maths skills for pupils in these targeted groups. We have several small group interventions running across the school during the afternoon teaching sessions. 

Although there has been no cost to the PP budget, the EEF evidence shows that feedback is the most effective way of improving pupil outcomes (+6 rating). The school have looked extensively at research and altered our Marking Policy on the basis of the findings. The use of immediate feedback  has a high profile across the school.

Most of the sports provision at Bredhurst C of E Primary School is provided free of charge. There are a large number of sports clubs running for pupils and a high percentage of our PP children attend. This is monitored more closely through sports premium. 

The quality and impact of all interventions is being monitored by the Head Teacher (HT) and SENDCO/Assistant Head Teacher (AHT), in conjunction with the class teacher (CT) and person delivering any intervention through regular pupil progress meetings and pupil premium reviews.  


How will Impact be Measured?

At Bredhurst, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of our pupils’ attainment, are used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention for our Pupil Premium children.


These processes take the form of

  • Pupil Progress meetings held with class teachers and HT termly
  • Termly assessments
  • Specific individual assessments
  • Provision maps
  • End of Year standardised tests
  • Assessment for Learning
  • Provision maps
  • Any targeted intervention which takes place is measured by on entry and exit data (wellbeing or support learning interventions)


Pupil Premium Strategy Review Meetings

Review meetings will take place at least during every  second term.


At each meeting, we will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets. 


Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular item in Governors Meetings.


Dates of next Pupil Premium Strategy Reviews: Week Beginning:  29.01.2024

 Designated staff member in charge: Mrs M Cox

Pupil Premium Governor: Mr S Hall

Governor with responsibility for vulnerable groups:  Mrs J Clarke

These interventions will be monitored and if necessary adjusted according to the progress pupils are making

For further information on the Pupil Premium, please visit the webpage below:- Pupil Premium – what you need to know – guidance for parents