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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools annually for each child currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or has been eligible for free school meals at any time within the previous 6 years. Funding is also allocated for Looked After Children (LAC) and children with a parent in the Armed Forces.


 Thorntree School’s  Pupil Premium Funding for 2019 – 2020 is £71,420.

Pupil Premium funding is additional to main school funding and is considered to be the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. It is intended to be used to support the progress, attainment and aspirations of children eligible for Pupil Premium funding.

Thorntree School is committed to ensuring maximum progress for all groups of children and strives to close any gaps. Thorntree School actively promotes equality of opportunity for all pupils, parents staff and governors in an inclusive community where all can succeed. We have a clear, strategic approach to implementing Pupil Premium funding across wide school support. This Action Plan is monitored and reviewed regularly. Data analysis is used to identify and maximise progress.


Barriers identified for disadvantaged pupils may include:

*Poor communication skills

*Speech and Language difficulties

* Narrower vocabulary

*Emotional and mental health issues

*Limited access to resources outside school

*Housing issues

*Local social issues impacting on home life

*Unsettled family circumstances

*Limited educational experience of some parents/carers

*Low parental attitudes and learning expectations of parents

* Attendance.

*Family stability and family permanence.


Strategies / Interventions in place to support children’s learning in the classroom include:

* Feedback marking

* Peer tutoring / marking

* Metacognition (children knowing how they learn best)

* IPads for use by children in Upper KS2, underachieving and vulnerable children and children with SEN

*Additional teachers to support learning and ‘close the gap’ in KS2.

* Small group or 1:1 sessions for Literacy and Numeracy led by LSAs and overseen by class teachers

*1:1 SEN support in KS1

* Specialist LSA to support pupils with Speech and Language needs

*Learning Mentors

* Counsellor

* After School Study support

* Additional provision from the Educational Psychology Service

*Targeted tracking and identification of learning gaps in regular progress meetings


At Thorntree, through progress meetings and data tracking, the Senior Leadership Team identifies which children are underachieving in comparison to their peers and additional provision is made for individuals or groups of children.


2018 -2019 expenditure was planned to provide quality in school support to engage pupil premium pupils including:-

Pupil Premium Grant



£ 83, 546

Additional teaching support

£  31 300

Speech and language Provision

£   7 320

Social Communication provision

£   7 075

Additional Education Psychology Provision

£   2 100

Learning Mentors

£   1 400

Family Support (CAMHS Outreach)

£   9 000

Subsidised Clubs

£      850

Enrichment Activities- theatre groups

£  2 700


£  1 500

Additional Resources

£  1 000


To view Pupil Premium expenditure, progress and attainment 2018 - 2019 please click on the link here

To view Pupil Premium expenditure, progress and attainment, 2017-2018 please click on the link here

To view Pupil Premium expenditure, progress and attainment, 2016-2017 please click on the link here