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Pupil Premium

"The larger-than-average proportion of disadvantaged pupils achieve well, particularly in reading."

"Disadvantaged pupils, including the most able disadvantaged, are also making good progress."

[Ofsted, 2017]

We use our pupil premium funding to improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils. We follow the DfE's recommendation of using a 3-year strategy, with a robust and transparent evaluation framework to enable success to be measured against outcomes for disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils.


Pupil Premium Strategy Statement (incl. Recovery Premium) (Updated April 2023)

For information on how we spent our COVID Catch-Up Premium, please click here.

For information on how we spent our Pupil Premium allocation in 2020 - 2021, please click here.


Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. It is based on the number of pupils:

  • registered as eligible for free school meals at any point
  • registered as a child of a parent serving in the UK’s Armed Forces in the past 6 years
  • in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • has left local authority care because of one of the following:
    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order


Coldean Primary School is committed to diminishing the difference between the attainment of socially disadvantaged pupils and their peers and the PPG funding forms a vital part of achieving this.

  • All members of staff and governors accept responsibility for socially disadvantaged pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • We recognise that not all pupils who have ever received free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
  • The Governors reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged or underperforming.


PPG funding is primarily used to support interventions to:

  • raise attainment in reading, writing and mathematics.  
  • improve attendance
  • offer emotional support through the Learning Mentor Team enabling children to better access the curriculum

All interventions are designed with the ultimate outcome to increase the percentage of pupils achieving age-related expectations (ARE) and beyond to a greater depth at the standard (GDS).

As a school we feel that it is imperative to focus on early intervention to ensure that the children who start school with low attainment can make accelerated progress to reach age-related expectations and beyond.

Monitoring & Evaluation

The school’s evaluation of its own performance is rigorous. Tracking of progress over time for each pupil is thorough and facilitates timely and appropriate intervention.

To guarantee that the Pupil Premium funding is used effectively, we ensure that:

  • Assessment data is collected at the start and end of each intervention so that impact can be monitored regularly. These are closely moderated or use approved standardised tests to ensure they are accurate.
  • Termly pupil progress meetings between teaching staff and senior leaders enable quick identification of any challenges or barriers to progress and allows the school to develop sensible strategies and interventions to promote improvement for all children - not just the children who are in receipt of PPG.
  • Regular feedback about performance is given to children. 
  • Interventions are adapted or changed if they are not working.
  • A designated member of the SLT maintains an overview of pupil premium spending.
  • The Assessment Coordinator collates all performance data, analysing and evaluating the effectiveness and value for money.
  • A governor is given responsibility for pupil premium funding.
  • Quantitative data sources used include ASP, Perspective Lite, the local authority’s School Information Packs, Tapestry in the Early Years as well as whole school data (using Target Tracker) to evaluate impact in terms of overall attainment and progress.