Pupil Premium

Amount of Pupil Premium funding received: 2018-19.  

If you think your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium or Free School Meals please the following link for some more information and to apply:   

The Pupil Premium funding is allocated to those children who are or have been entitled to Free School Meals.

Total number of children on roll: 730*
Number of Pupil Premium pupils eligible: 119*
Total Pupil Premium received: £128,060

* figures taken from October 2018 census (Total number of children on roll includes children in Little Valley and Nursery classes)

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At Sherwell Valley, we are: Inspiring one another to achieve our potential

There are three foundations to our work:

  1. The belief that all our pupils can become confident and effective learners
  2. The ambition that all our pupils will become confident and effective learners
  3. The actions that ensure that all our pupils do become confident and effective learners

Barriers to achievement

At Sherwell Valley through consultation with teachers and families of children we have identified the following barriers to achievement for some children:

  • Lack of access to language / development of vocabulary from an early age.
  • Poor behaviour – some pupils have specific social and emotional needs that affect their learning.
  • No or little parent engagement with school e.g. support with homework, attendance at information evenings, awareness of requirements and standards in the new curriculum.
  • No or little access to information / experiences (including cultural) that inform them about the wider world.
  • No or little access to technology.
  • Not arriving in school on time.
  • Persistent absence.
  • Low aspirations – including those of high ability children.
  • Children whose parents are in the forces and frequently absent.
  • Low confidence and self-esteem.
  • Medical
  • SEND / Safeguarding concerns.
  • Poor concentration and organisation skills.

We have targeted the money at increasing the progress of those pupils who are entitled to Pupil Premium, the areas/interventions we are providing to reduce or remove these barriers fall into three categories:

  • Access to high quality teaching, support and assessment with school staff having a clear focus on the importance of Pupil Premium
  • Working with families to improve aspiration and level of support they can provide for their children
  • Access to a wide range of opportunities and experiences.

The funding received for Pupil Premium in 2017 – 2018 has been allocated to be used in the following ways:

Intervention Focus/Aim Cost
Achievement for All scheme used across the school This scheme increases children and families expectations and aspirations from school through dedicated coaching time. £18,000
Additional 1:1 time (to support children’s individual learning) To provide additional support to children in class.



Additional member of staff in Little Valley (our nursery for two year olds) Additional member of staff employed in Little Valley to ensure staff have time to fully support families in their first year in school.  This allows the nursery to provide cover for staff when they are needed to support families. £17,400
Additional Teaching Assistant employed to provide outdoor learning in in Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1 Additional Teaching Assistant employed in Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure outdoor learning available throughout the day (rather than at designated times) with a focus on engaging those children in receipt of Pupil Premium in learning environment. £5,400
Forest School sessions provided for all KS2 classes Additional staff are provided to enable all KS2 classes to experience outdoor learning £4,600
Attendance Monitoring and Review Report (Termly and Annual) This supports the school in identifying trends and creating actions to improve attendance of children eligible for Pupil Premium reducing gap between their attendance and other students. £2,000
Contribution to minibus costs This enables the school to keep the cost of trips and residential visits to a minimum enabling all children to experience a wide and varied curriculum. £2,800
Financial support for residential trips This scheme allows all children eligible for Pupil Premium to receive a reduced cost for all residential trips they go on o in their time at Sherwell Valley.  It also enables all residential trips to be subsidised for all children eligible for Free School Meals. £4,000
Free home access to online learning platforms (Busy Things, Education City, Doodle Maths) To allow children eligible for Pupil Premium to access these online learning platforms. £1,000
Home visits All families with children starting at Sherwell Valley to be offered a home visit before their child starts school.  This helps us to identify children potentially eligible for Pupil Premium as well as enable appropriate support to be provided from when they first attend. £3,000
Leadership time (data and practice analysis)  

Additional leadership time to allow school to assess current attainment and progress of children eligible for Pupil Premium, assess impact of what is currently being provided and planning what needs to be provided in the future.

Music lessons funded for children To enable some children eligible for Pupil Premium to access opportunities they might not otherwise be able to. £2,500
Pastoral Support Worker employed by the school A key role for this person is to focus on reducing the attendance gap between children eligible for Pupil Premium and others £12,000
School membership and implementation of PiXL This programme supports targeted learning in Years 5 and 6 and has an impact on children’s results. £12,900

Providing all Teaching Assistants  with dedicated planning and preparation time

As part of the joint Teaching Assistant/Teacher Planning and Preparation Time at start of the day, time will be spent on what the focus is for all children eligible for Pupil Premium. £10,300
Teaching Assistant time allowing small group work and individual intervention work to happen across the school To support specific children and enable them to fully access the curriculum £16,920
THRIVE programme This programme supports the social and emotional learning needs of children within school with a dedicated support worker delivering sessions to children every day in school.


Financial support for trips/outings This scheme allows all children eligible for Pupil Premium to be asked for a reduced voluntary contribution for all day trips and outings they go on o in their time at Sherwell Valley. £2,000
Free places at Breakfast Club This scheme provides a free space for any children eligible for Pupil Premium where the school feels this will help with any attendance issues they are having in school. £7,900
Free uniform This scheme provides a free uniform voucher for children eligible for Pupil Premium.


TOTAL SPENT £148,170

This information will be reviewed in June 2018 to ensure we are prepared for the 2018/19 academic year.

Pupil Premium Impact Statement 2017-18

This table shows the difference in progress in subjects when compared to what is expected nationally from these groups of children.


Progress made from KS1 to end of KS2 READING WRITING MATHS
Disadvantaged children  -2.19 (0.31)   -7.01 (-1.35)  -2.32 (1.88)
Other children 1.38 (-0.01) -3.69 (-3.41)  0.69 (0.33)

Source: GOV.UK Analyse school performance (RAISE).  Figures in brackets are results from 2015/16.

This shows that for children leaving Year 6 in July 2017 disadvantaged children generally made less progress from the end of KS1 to the end of KS2.


Absence rate for whole school 2015 2016



(to Summer Half Term)

Disadvantaged children 5.5 (5.4) 4.8 (5.2) 3.2 (3.7)
Other children 2.8 (3.5) 3.0 (3.4)
Gap between disadvantaged children and others 2.7 (1.9) 1.8 (1.8)

National average figures in brackets.

Source: GOV.UK Analyse school performance (RAISE).

This shows the attendance of disadvantaged children improving between 2015 and 2016 with the gap between their attendance and other children closing from 2.7% in 2015 (0.8% above the national level) to 1.8% in 2016 (in line with the national average).