Pupil Premium

This page provides information on Pupil Premium at Pioneer School

Pupil Premium Objectives and Expenditure

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is a fund that was introduced by the government in April 2011 and is allocated to schools for pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months (LAC), children who have been adopted and children of service personnel.

Why was it introduced?

Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding. It was introduced to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their peers. It is generally given directly to schools to ensure that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

Who decides on how the money is spent?

Headteachers and school leaders decide how to use the Pupil Premium and are held accountable for the decisions they make.

Attainment 2016-2017

Analysis of data in 2016-2017 shows that pupils eligible for pupil premium made better progress in all areas of literacy and numeracy with the exception of writing and listening than those pupils who were not eligible for Pupil Premium.

Most progress was seen in Reading where 92% of PP pupils made expected progress and above.

Areas of greatest discrepancy were writing and listening where 10 less PP pupils made expected progress and above than non PP pupils.

Outcomes - 37 pupils with available data

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017 – 2018

Number of pupils on roll: 147

Number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium: 45

Total value of Pupil Premium funding: £50,428

Summary of Main Barriers to Educational Achievement faced by pupils at Pioneer who are eligible for Pupil Premium

All pupils at Pioneer have complex learning difficulties and many have additional physical, medical and or sensory needs. It is therefore extremely difficult to identify additional barriers to educational achievement specifically faced by pupils eligible for Pupil Premium and there are no nationally available statistics with regard to this.

All pupils at Pioneer experience difficulties with communication and social interaction and additional resources are needed to help maximise their communicative capabilities and access the curriculum.

How was Pupil Premium used 2014- 2015?

In academic year 2014 – 2015 Pioneer received £43,066 Pupil Premium Grant which was used to address any gaps in attainment and to ensure that pupils made at least expected progress.

To achieve these outcomes the Pupil Premium funding was used to provide:

  • Additional resources to support learning, such as reading schemes, phonics support materials and equipment to support sensory diets for those learners that required this
  • Provision of targeted Intensive Interaction
  • Staffing to support challenging behaviour, when necessary
  • Provision of additional Keyworker support
  • Financial support for individual students to provide additional equipment/resources to aid progress

Outcomes for pupils who received Pupil Premium 2014 -2015

  • 100% of Looked After Children made expected progress when compared to their peers across the country
  • Only one student in receipt of FSM failed to make expected progress

It is our view that the approach taken by the school achieved the intended outcome for socially disadvantaged children.

Pupil Premium 2016/17

For the period 2015-2016 the total number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Grant was 45 (31%); the school received a sum of £48,860.

The grant was used in the following way.

Pupil Premium 2015/2016

Outcomes - 39 pupils with available data


*Additional school funding is allocated to support interventions when necessary.