Use of Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Practice at Marish Academy Trust 


Summary of Pupil Premium Spend at Marish in 2015-6


In 2015-6 we had on average 200 pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium and a total of £251,505 pupil premium income. Intervention and support programmes currently run at Marish Primary School partly funded by our Pupil Premium grant are shown below:

Focus Programme/support available Targeted pupils Amount

Spent  2015/6



At Marish we employ an English specialist teacher a part time basis and also use SLT members to deliver 121 or small group sessions to Children in Year 5 and 6. Moreover, we use some pupil premium funding to enable us to pay for additional teaching assistant time so that some children can have reading comprehension or writing intervention, or  interventions with a skilled HLTA Pupil premium children in years 5 and 6 £25,200
Writing Additional writing support is given through booster and G and T writing groups, either before/after school for oldest children school or during school hours Pupil premium children in all years £9,600
Spelling Spelling interventions and additional 121 for some identified children are delivered by both teachers and teaching assistants Pupil premium children in all years £5,600
Reading We have five Reading recovery trained teachers at Marish and Willow The Reading Recovery lead trainer for Berkshire also works in school on a part time basis, providing further expertise and training to these staff and to train teaching assistants in  other programmes such as ‘the better reading partnership’. Children in year 1 and 2 for reading recovery provision


Children who need support with reading in KS2







£23 000

Maths At Marish we employ two retired Maths teachers and a G and T specialist teacher to deliver 121 or small group sessions to Children in Year 5 and 6. We also use some pupil premium funding to enable us to employ a fourth teacher for year 6 Maths Set s so that the children work in smaller ability groups Pupil premium children in years 5 and 6 £21 600
Other targeted support Social skills programme/behaviour support/ play therapy/nurture group/Attendance and CP team

Marish and Willow have a team of 7 trained learning mentors who have a variety of backgrounds and dual roles including working as teaching assistants, sports and behaviour coaches;

(see also Sports premium spend summary sheet)

Additionally we have a qualified play therapist on staff for three days each week who provides intensive support to some children for a short period.

Finally we have an attendance and CP team of 6 people, including office staff, our trust child protection lead and a former police officer who is our safeguarding lead. These people visit families and collect children, attend CP meetings with social care and monitor attendance of all vulnerable children trust wide. Whilst teaching staff do have responsibility for attendance and vulnerable children too, this team is free during the school day to take action, when teachers cannot

Pupil premium children in all years £32,000 towards costs of learning mentors

£23,500 towards cost of play therapist

£12,500 for cost of supervision and training

£33,000 towards cost of running the attendance and CP team

Minibus pick up A small number of Pupil Premium children do not attend regularly because they live at a considerable distance from our school or because there is some issue within their family. These children are offered a free place on our minibus, which makes 3 separate pick up rounds to collect them each morning Pupil premium children in yrs 1-6 with attendance issues £14,005 pa towards minibus and staffing costs
Extended services- wellbeing


Free places in breakfast club and reduced fee places in after school care or holiday provision (or specific support for families in crisis with uniform, shoes, free or subsided places on school trips or clubs) for identified pupil premium children with attendance or punctuality issues or who are looked after or have social care involvement. Pupil premium children in yrs 1-6 with attendance issues £15,100 pa towards food and staffing costs


Appendix 2: Report for use of the Pupil Premium at Marish Primary School 2015-2016

Marish Primary had 200 pupils, or approximately 27% of our total number on roll that are eligible for pupil premium and so during 2015/6 academic year received funding of £251,505.

In order to close the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils we have offered the following additional support:

  • 1:1 tuition for children in either English or maths
  • Additional Teaching assistant or teacher time so that intervention and ‘catch up’ programmes can be run for children whose attainment has fallen below the standard that might be expected of children at any age (see appendix 1)
  • Materials and resources for use with targeted children
  • Training for teachers and teaching assistants in particular programmes and to develop particular skills to support accelerated achievement for pupils
  • Nurture group, social skills and learning mentor support, minibus transport and free after school and breakfast and holiday club places.
  • Attendance and Child Protection team follows up any major attendance or child protection problems

Impact on attainment and progress: How did our children in receipt of Pupil Premium do, compared to children who do not receive Pupil Premium?


For the academic year 2015-16 (latest data available) our Pupil Premium children at the end of Key Stage 2 attained almost as well as those who are not in receipt of Pupil Premium. In 2016 a new assessment framework has been introduced which uses combined scaled scores to measure attainment. The national average scaled score for reading, writing and Maths combined was 102.7 and our Pupil Premium children achieved exactly the same score. None pupil premium pupils achieved even more highly with an average scaled score for reading and writing and Maths of 105.8.

56% of disadvantaged pupils at Marish reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths in 2016, in comparison with 71% none pupil premium pupils. The national average percentage achieving the expected standard was 53%, so both groups have exceeded this.

Only 3% of disadvantaged pupils at Marish in 2016 achieved the higher standard in reading, writing and Maths combined, in comparison with 11% of non- disadvantaged pupils. The overall percentage of pupils achieving the combined higher standard of 8% is in line with the national average.

More able children are still a concern at Marish, whether in receipt of pupil premium or not. They are still not always achieving as well as they should, so these children remained an additional focus for 2015-6 academic year. Therefore it is a real achievement and evidence of the impact of Pupil premium monies and the school’s efforts in 2016 that there our results for the more able are in line with the national average and overall attainment for 2016 is significantly above the national average.




 Until Raise online is published in October 2016, is it difficult to assess the progress of disadvantaged pupils in comparison with that of none disadvantaged pupils at Marish. However, early indications are that progress will be at least slightly better than the national average for all groups and that the gap is continuing to narrow

Overall, this demonstrates the very positive impact of the pupil premium funded support these children have been given over the last five years.

Impact of Pupil Premium on attendance 2015-6

  • Pupil Premium children with attendance below 96% for 2015-6 are approximately 33% of the total number of children with attendance below 96% (266). This is very positive because the figure is very similar to the overall percentage of pupil premium children within the school population.
  • Approximately 40% of the persistent absence children in 2015/6 were in receipt of Pupil premium and means they are not overly represented in the persistent absence figures which has been the case in the past.
  • 22 out of 52 children who had attendance below 90% last year at Marish were in receipt of Pupil Premium.
  • 85% of our children who received pupil premium made a significant improvement in their attendance from September 2014- July 2015.


Overall Pupil premium monies have a positive impact on disadvantaged children’s progress, attainment, attendance and therefore general well-being and life chances too. However there are some worrying contextual factors showing up in this data. The first is that pupil premium pupils are often disadvantaged in several ways. For example our pupil premium children are more highly represented in the group who have special needs or who live at a distance from Marish and therefore have lower attendance. These families are also more likely to be known to social care. Whilst one might expect this to be the case, it means that a core group of approximately 20 to 25% of the school population have multiple barriers to achieving good or better outcomes and provision needs to be flexible and constantly evolving at a strategic level to address this, especially in a local area where children’s services are not yet good enough.

Secondly, for the first time in five years our total pupil premium monies dropped very slightly this academic year and this can only mean that it is harder to meet the criteria or to claim for free school meals, because certainly deprivation and disadvantage in Slough is not lessening.


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