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 (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The amount received is dependent on the number of children who are eligible and have claimed for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years (since 2011). All schools are required to report on the amount of funding and how this is being used.  In addition, children whose parents work in the Forces or Children in Care also receive a grant. Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.

One most significant strategy which Folkestone Primary Academy spends Pupil Premium on is reducing class sizes to 20 per class, in every year group. Pupil Premium funding is primarily aimed at accelerating academic progress and closing the attainment gap between Pupil Premium children and non-Pupil Premium children. On average, nationally, children entitled to Pupil Premium funding do not attain as highly as their non-Pupil Premium peers.

Our Pupil Premium Policy stipulates that the parent of any child joining the Academy from September 2014 applies for a Free School Meal: in this way we will ensure accurate identification of children entitled to Pupil Premium funding and secure the funds available. In 2015-16 a total of 27% of all children were entitled to Pupil premium funding. Folkestone Primary Academy's Pupil Premium funing for 2015-16 was £151,800 (for the academic as opposed to financial year). In 2016-17 a total of 24% of all children are entitled to Pupil premium funding. Folkestone Primary Academy's Pupil Premium funding for 2016-17 is £133,320 (for the academic as opposed to finanical year).

Principles of the Pupil Premium Funding

At Folkestone Primary Academy we wholeheartedly believe that all children are entitled to the future that they want and deserve, rather than the future they may be born into.

We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be academically disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged have free school meals. We allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any child the school has identified as being disadvantaged and should be making better progress.

We therefore allocate Pupil Premium funding after a needs analysis to identify priority groups and individuals. In the first instance children not yet attaining at age related expectations and those who have not made expected progress in Literacy and Numeracy are targeted for more intensive support and intervention.

-       At Folkestone Primary Academy, we ensure that we organise high quality teaching and learning in order to best meet the individual needs of all children through whole class learning.

-       Our whole school teaching programmes of study are built around best practice techniques and strategies that aid and assist progress for Pupil Premium children such as daily 1:1 reading, the use of Makaton in Phonics, individual high frequency word spellings and weekly dictations. 

-       We ensure that any child who has been identified as vulnerable has their needs accurately assessed and identified for targeted intervention.

-       We initially do this through additional support in reading, writing and maths.

Pupil premium resources are also used to target higher achieving children to ensure that they make at least good progress and are attaining at the highest levels. Funding is used to support children’s behavioural and emotional needs to help ensure that their readiness for learning is high, therefore promoting their engagement with learning and progress across the curriculum.

Focused intervention for these children will be available through the additional staffing and associated learning resources. Focused intervention will be inclusive of children receiving the Pupil Premium grant and may also be inclusive for other children in the school, including those on the register of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Each intervention will be inclusive of children receiving the Pupil Premium grant.


The range of provision is based on research and identified best practice, including findings from the Sutton Trust research which looked in the most effective strategies to help close the gap in Pupil Premium children’s attainment. We also work closely with other schools to share approaches and measure impact.

Provision includes a range of academic and pastoral interventions and strategies. Of course many of the pastoral interventions will impact positively on readiness for learning, engagement in learning, and children’s achievement and attainment.

Provision includes:


Pupil Premium Expenditure Information (April 2017)

Folkestone Primary Academy Pupil Premium Report 2016-17

Date of pupil premium review:

April 2017


Predicted Pupil Premium Profile 2016 - 2017

Number of eligible pupils:

Pupil Premium: 101 pupils (24%)

Service children funding: 1 pupil

Children in Care funding: 2 pupils

Amount per pupil:

Pupil Premium: £1320

Service children funding: £300


Children in Care funding: £900  (Paid Feb, Apr, June) depending on when child goes into care

Total pupil premium budget:

Apr 2016 - Apr 2017 = £133620 (Plus CiC funding)





Classes of 20


Every teacher and teaching assistant has a personal appraisal target to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils over the attainment of their more advantaged peers. Smaller class sizes enable the development of personal relationships and bespoke learning. Teaching assistants deployed to support specific needs across the school rather than just supporting in one class ensuring more purposeful and targeted provision.

£80, 185

(total year cost)

Reading Plus


An online reading comprehension programme accessed in school daily and also available at home.


(total year cost)

Learning coaches x 3


Executive Head, Head of School and Assistant Head providing 1:1 personalised coaching 1 hr per week for children in Year 6



(Terms 1-4)

1:1 tutoring afterschool:


Bespoke and targeted 1:1 learning sessions for children in Years 4, 5 and 6. Including resources.


(Terms 1-4)

Next Steps interventions – Maths

2-3 x 20min weekly booster sessions led by class teachers to quality assure. Sessions streamed across Years 5-6 to ensure learning targeted to specific needs.


(Terms 1-4)

Next Steps interventions – Writing

2 x 20min weekly booster sessions led by class teachers to quality assure. Sessions streamed across Years 6 to ensure learning targeted to specific needs.





(Terms 1-4)






Daily booster reading in breakfast club


1:1 reading with an adult 2-3 x weekly – reflection on personal targets

£ 668.61

(Terms 1-4)

Free Breakfast Club places


(Terms 1-4)



Free Twilight Club activities


(Terms 1-4)



Counselling provision


(Terms 1-4)



Sensory Circuits


A sensory motor skills intervention 3 x weekly before school to promote motor skills and readiness for learning. Children closely monitored in sessions to study acquisition of skills. Termly reviews held via observations and questionnaires to establish impact on the child in class also.


£ 748.26

(Terms 1-4)

SHINE on Saturday project


 A Saturday school offering themed, multi-sensory learning on and off site.



£ 3,500

(total year cost)

Stride Ahead


A reading comprehension and phonics 1:1 intervention 3 x 15mins per week. Purchase of resources.


£ 180

(one off cost for materials)

Contributions to enrichment experiences/pupil wellbeing

School trip support, snack, theatre productions, musical instrument lessons, after school clubs, other tutoring etc.



(Terms 1-4)