Featherby Junior School

Maritime Academy Trust
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Pupil Premium

2018-19 Allocation

  • Featherby Junior School has been allocated £87,120 for its Pupil Premium grant to support disadvantaged children.
  • 22% of children qualify for Pupil Premium at Featherby Junior

Featherby Aims

At Featherby we are striving to close the achievement gap between the most disadvantaged pupils and their peers, both in this school and nationally. Our goal is that each child discovers the enjoyment of learning, gaining the confidence to reach their full potential. Teaching and learning is at the heart of all we do. It is important to us that our children become resilient, resourceful and reflective independent learners. To achieve this they are encouraged to solve problems, develop good communication skills and work as part of a team. We are committed to creating a safe, happy and secure learning environment, and through the rigorous monitoring of attainment and progress we ensure that all pupils receive the best possible learning regardless of socio-economic background.

Barriers to learning

  • Pupils difficulty in speaking and communicating.
  • Pupils lack of confidence to take risks in their learning.
  • A tendency to lack resilience to overcome difficulties.
  • Pupils experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Low parent engagement with the school and children’s learning.
  • Families do not hold high aspirations of learning potential or abilities.

Projected Impact

  • To reduce the in-school attainment gap between pupil premium children and non-pupil premium children in reading, writing and maths in all year groups.
  • To identify and track higher attaining Pupil Premium children ensuring they are challenged and reach full potential ensuring a higher percentage of Pupil Premium working at GDS.
  • To increase targeted extended school opportunities for pupil premium pupils through a linked creative curriculum and planned aspirational big outcomes which include families.
  • To reduce the amount of absence for Pupil Premium pupils and reduce the amount of Pupil Premium children who are persistently absent.
  • Ensure children leave with the skills required to be Secondary ready.

How will we spend the money?


Brief Details


Booster groups

After previous success with booster groups for vulnerable children in Year 6 in particular continuing with this approach will help to ensure the gap closes further and children begin to exceed ARE.


Before school interventions for PP children

Maths and English interventions for Pupil Premium children to take place before school 2 times per week


Lexia licences

To support the teaching of phonics and ensure that children receive the additional support in phonics ready for application into writing.


Subsidised places in Breakfast Club, with additional Breakfast Club places being provided to support attendance at morning interventions

We will continue to subsidise Breakfast Club places for Pupil Premium children as this helps to support the punctuality of these children and ensures that they start the day fully fed.


Financial support for school trips; support for voluntary contributions.

This will enable more children to be able to access school trips.


Beanstalk readers

Trained reading personnel to read and undertake literacy games with selected Pupil premium children to improve reading and comprehension skills and enhance confidence.


Small group and 1:1 support

 LSAs have been employed to support children in small groups or 1:1 teaching. 


Drawing and talking – art therapy

The school will continue to offer specifically focussed sessions to vulnerable children to support them with social and emotional difficulties through art therapy and opportunities to talk and draw.


My Concern

Staff will be able to log concerns about individual children on an electronic data base. This will enable DSLs to ensure early help is offered to the most vulnerable families at the earliest possible opportunity.


Developing the school’s leadership structure

A new Assistant Headship group will be in place and one will be Pupil Premium champion. They will monitor progress and attainment of Pupil Premium children and support teachers in planning for their vulnerable groups.


Curriculum Topics with Aspirational ‘Big’ Outcomes


We continue to have highly aspirational meaningful outcomes to learning through a cross curricular approach to learning.  We intend to include families and the local community in impressive outcomes which embed deeper learning and inspire children.


Resourcing the Curriculum 

This will engage all children making learning more accessible.


SALT – speech and language Talisman, sound linkage and rapid phonics schemes

HLTAs to screen and identify PP children who will benefit from SALT interventions.


After school tutors

To provide additional support in meeting age related expectations in English and Maths.


Lunchtime alternative provision for        vulnerable children.

Vulnerable children, who include a majority of PP children, given the opportunity to improve their self esteem and social skills which will equally enhance learnings.


Sensory circuits for vulnerable children – some of whom are Pupil premium.

Opportunities for emotional and vulnerable children to explore and gain confidence for learning


Social group intervention

To enable children to interact effectively with their peers and develop good behavior for learning.


Reading test

To ascertain and monitor reading and comprehension levels so interventions can be directed to the PP children requiring added support


Maths no problem.

To ensure a consistent scheme of work is in place to raise the attainment and progress of children and close down the Pupil premium gap.


Extra curriculum clubs

Pupil Premium children given the opportunity to succeed during lunch and after school clubs.


Staff training

Training arranged and undertaken by staff to increase subject knowledge and teaching techniques to enhance learning for PP pupils and Non PP children


Pupil Premium Impact 2017-2018

Action/ Intervention



After school tutor

Children’s confidence increased in reading, writing and maths enabling their gaps to be closed in these areas




Intervention support delivered by teachers or highly trained Learning Support Assistants, either on a 1:1 basis or in small groups.


Staff were able to identify next steps in children’s learning and plan sessions to close the gap within key areas. Children were supported to close the gap between PP and non PP children


Phonics intervention                                                       


Staff identified children who would benefit from a phonics intervention and were able to focus on the application of phonics into writing.



Assisted breakfast club or after school club supporting healthy eating, social development and attendance

Vulnerbale children were able to start their day with a healthy breakfast; encouraging sustained attention and focus. Children benefited from developing social skills at mealtimes and through activities in the clubs.



Social group intervention



Children developed their social skills to support them in the classroom and at key transition times.



Booster classes



Staff have received training in supporting learners with additional needs. There has been training purchased for new interventions, development of the Inclusion team and Mastery maths training. Teachers were able to focus on the gaps in children’s learning and plan sessions to address knowledge gaps.



Maths No Problem



Staff training improved knowledge of the Mastery approach and developed critical thinking, fluency and reasoning skills in maths.







Art therapy and counselling            





Children received specialist support and counselling for social, emotional and mental health difficulties.








Children were able to access specialist assessments for speech and recommended programmes. School staff were then able to deliver targeted interventions to the children





Total £99,000.00