Pupil Premium

The Government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Pupil premium funding is allocated to children who are registered for free school meals or who have received free school meals in the past six years.  It also includes children who have been looked after in care continuously for the past six months and adopted children.  It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Schools are free to spend the pupil premium as they see fit.  However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

At St. Augustine’s, our funding is used to help the children to reach their full potential, and to support them in their emotional well-being.

Parents are urged to register for free school meals even if you do not intend to make use of the service. We still receive the funding and it will be used to target support for all children registered.


September 2017 to July 2018 (Current academic year)

Number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG


Number of PPG children


Number of PP Plus children


Total amount of PPG funding including PP Plus




Predicted cost



Reading support:

1:1 reading interventions; small group reading for meaning; inference and deduction sessions.


Teaching Assistants


Good progress in reading comprehension tests.

Impact tracked in half-termly assessments and evaluated to identify the approach and next steps for each child.

Small-group Maths provision and 1:1 support


Pre-teaching; increasing understanding in specific areas (1:1 and small groups); individual 1:1 Maths support before school; small group after school.

Teaching Assistants



Good progress in Maths tests. Impact tracked in half-termly assessments and evaluated to identify the approach and next steps for each child.

Phonics support




Improve decoding skills and reading assessment scores.

Increase phonetically plausible attempts at spelling.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar


Teaching Assistant, 1:1 support

To improve vocabulary and spelling accuracy.



Teaching Assistant, small group and 1:1 support

To improve legibility of handwriting and increase cursive script confidence. Correct letter forms and joins   used.

Speech and language


HLTA 1:1 sessions

To improve vocabulary

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy



To reduce anxiety

Emotional and social needs: small group and individual support


Lego Therapy (including training and equipment)

Reading in relaxed environment with Therapy Dog

Remaining in classroom environment; taking turns; improve confidence in reading.



Teaching Assistants: 1:1 support and small group support.

Emotional needs supported



Half-termly swimming lessons

To improve confidence, stroke skills and proficiency in water.

Emotional wellbeing


Music lessons

After school sports

School trips

Theatre visit

Deprivation does not inhibit opportunity

TOTAL predicted costs



This strategy will be reviewed throughout the academic year and further interventions added as required.


September 2016 to July 2017 (previous academic year)

Number of pupils on roll


Total number of pupils eligible for PPG


Total amount of PPG funding


Last year's funding was spent on employing a Higher Learning Teaching Assistant to support children with Literacy and Numeracy and with a programme of interventions to enable children to make expected progress or better, in addition to supporting emotional well-being. Some children's funding was used for music lessons and extra-curricular sports clubs. Children's school trips were also funded by pupil premium.