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What is it?

The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils. Funding is given to schools in addition to our main school funding and is allocated for each child who is currently receiving Free School Meals, those who have received FSM in the past and for those children who have been in care.

Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used this funding .

Our Strategy for using the Pupil Premium Effectively

Though we do not receive as much funding as many other schools, we are determined to use our funding as effectively as possible and as agreed by our Governing Body.

Our Nominated Governor for Pupil Premium is Mrs R Wood.

Each year we:

  • Identify any possible barriers to progress and attainment faced by each pupil.
  • Use evidence and recent research to find out what is the most effective way to support these pupils.
  • We evaluate our previous approaches to identify what has worked well and what did not.
  • Priority is given to children who receive pupil premium funding for a variety of targeted interventions.

The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in April each year

What has this meant for Mount Pleasant?

Financial Year 2017/18

For the financial year April 2017 to March 2018 we will have received £76,560.

We continue to give a wide range of support to children in receipt of Pupil Premium from entry into Mount Pleasant and throughout school until they leave us in Year 6.

Funding for this financial year will provide:

  • Magical Maths - after school provision.
  • Accelerated Reading Support.
  • Speech and Language Support.
  • Transition to secondary support.
  • When required additional staffing and targeted support.
  • Support for families where behaviour is a barrier to learning.
  • Nurture support for emotional health and well being.
  • Access to a range of educational experiences and extra-curricular activities.

The progress of this group of children is closely monitored and all staff are aware of the children within their cohort. The progress and achievement of these pupils is regularly reported on during pupil progress meetings.

Financial Year 2016/17

For the financial year April 2016 to March 2017 we have received £78,460.

We have successfully continued to give a wide range of support to pupils who attract this funding; supporting pupils from entry to school and right through to Year 6. The funding has been specifically targeted at those pupils who were ‘disadvantaged’ and had some degree of Special Education Needs; some requiring substantial and sustained support.

Funding this year will be diverted more towards pupils who are ‘disadvantaged’ and considered to be ‘more able’. We are looking at ways to make the most effective use of this funding in this way currently.

Financial Year 2015/16

For the financial year April 2015 to March 2016 we received £75,380.

The funding we receive is supplemented from other devolved funding, including SEN funding; particularly where children are SEN and 'disadvantaged'. We have continued to maintain our posts of Speech and Language support and the Accelerated Reader programme (formally Reading Recovery). We also continue to employ a teacher who supports those children who may be, or may be at risk of, 'falling behind' at the end of KS1.

Our funding also helps us to provide appropriately targeted additional support for children who are 'disadvantaged'. This year this has included:

  • An additional teacher in Year 6 where there are 12 pupils who attract funding.
  • Additional counselling sessions.
  • Additional SENDCO time in order to carry out in-depth assessments and give subsequent support appropriately.

Financial Year 2014/15

For the financial year April 2014 to March 2013, we received £63,000.

Our continued monitoring programme supports our decisions around the needs of our pupils. The staffing ratios that have been maintained this year, particularly across KS2, enables our children to receive intensive intervention support from their teachers; much of this is done on a 1:1 basis, which we have found to be very effective.

We are also maintaining our new support posts of Reading Recovery and Speech and Language. More recently we have employed a teacher to support children who are both on the SEN register and are also FSM.

Financial Year 2013/14

For the financial year April 2013 to March 2014, we received £36,000.

Our monitoring during the previous year identified two areas that we needed to address; pupils with poor speech and language, and pupils who struggle to read fluently.  We have therefore used our money this year to:

  • Appoint a teacher to train and deliver the recognised Reading recovery programme.
  • Appoint and train a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to support Mrs Woodhall in developing speech and language support across our school.

Throughout this year, we will continue to monitor the impact of these new posts and clearly identify the children who will need to benefit from them.

Financial Year 2012/13

For the financial year April 2012 to March 2013, our school received £24,000.

The percentage of our pupils known to be eligible for FSM is 12%, this is well below the national percentage of 26%.

We used the Pupil Premium to continue to support Mrs Woodhall's role to:

  • Identify and track the FSM children, responding effectively to their needs when they fall behind.
  • Work closely with the Safeguarding Governors who have responsibility to ensure that all children’s learning needs are met. Governors are increasingly aware of the changes to funding for all SEN pupils, including those more at risk eg FSM and Looked After Children.
  • Use any additional funding to ensure that pupils who are falling behind or at risk of falling behind their peers have their needs met by purchasing resources and using them effectively.

What has been the impact of Pupil Premium so far?


Please note that ‘levels’ have been removed for the purpose of assessment at the end of KS2. Measures are now in terms of % of pupils meeting the expected standard and the progress that pupils make from their starting points.

There were 12 disadvantaged pupils in our 2016 Year 6 leavers.

Disadvantaged Pupils Reading Writing Maths
Mount Pleasant Progress +3.77 +2.53 +0.91
National (all pupils progress) -2.5 -3.5 -2.5
Mount Pleasant Reaching Expected Standard 69% 77% 69%
National (disadvantaged progress) 71% 79% 75%

Strengths in 2016 (Inspection Dashboard 2016):

  • Disadvantaged KS2 pupils’ progress was not significantly below average overall of for any prior attainment group in any subject.
  • Disadvantaged KS2 pupils had an average scaled score equal to or above the national score for other pupils in reading. (no weaknesses were identified for this group at either KS1 or KS2 in 2016)
2015 Level 4+
Maths, Reading & Writing
Average Point Score
National FSM Children 70% 28.8
Mount Pleasant FSM Children (7 pupils) 100% 29.8
Mount Pleasant non-FSM 94% 31.2
2014 Level 4+
Maths, Reading & Writing
Average Point Score
National FSM Children 67% 27.0
Mount Pleasant FSM Children (4 pupils) 75% 27.4
Mount Pleasant non-FSM 95% 30.4
2013 Level 4+
Maths, Reading & Writing
Average Point Score
National FSM Children 64% 26.7
Mount Pleasant FSM Children (7 pupils) 86% 29.8
Mount Pleasant non-FSM 88% 30.0
2012 Level 4+
English & Maths
Average Point Score
National FSM Children 68% 26.6
Mount Pleasant FSM Children (8 pupils) 83% 27.0
Mount Pleasant non-FSM 86% 28.6
2011 Level 4+
English & Maths
Average Point Score
National FSM Children 58% 25.3
Mount Pleasant FSM Children (8 pupils) 88% 27.8
Mount Pleasant non-FSM 84% 27.9