Pupil Premium


What were our Barriers to Learning? (2020 – 2021)

  • Developing the use of rich and varied vocabulary in Reading which will in turn feed into the pupil’s writing. To then use this vocabulary in a range of writing.  Using the language of reasoning too in the Maths curriculum.  Remote learning was put in place but substantial gaps were identified on the pupils’ return. 

  • To catch up on the gaps identified from the Lockdown period in January 2021 until the full re-opening in March 2021.

  • To support pupils well-being after two potential years of a pandemic.  This disruption raised anxieties within families and children so a higher level of pastoral work had be put into place before pupils were “ready to learn”. 

  • Attendance remains a barrier to learning.  If pupils are not in school regularly, then they do not have the opportunity to access the wealth of learning opportunities provided for them at Arley.  We were also unable to run trips, residential trips or whole school events in the way we would usually involving all members of the community.   


What are the School Priorities for 2021 – 2022?

  • To increase the number of PP pupils achieving ARE by the end of KS2 in Reading, Writing and Maths to narrow the gap compared to non-PP nationally.

  • To ensure that PP pupils have stamina for Writing using a wide range of vocabulary in context.  To ensure all PP pupils catch-up on key English and Maths skills from the Summer 2020 curriculum.  To use the MARK analysis tools and NTS testing materials to identify the SHINE interventions needed for groups of pupils.

  • To ensure that pupils are able to use a range of visual representation strategies taught in the White Rose scheme of work to be able to use reasoning skills.

  • To ensure that there are good attendance rates for pupils eligible for PP in line with non-PP national.

  • To continue to ensure all PP pupils are “ready to learn” to the best of their ability. This includes ensuring that pupils are happy and safe in school through extra PSHE lessons centred on mental health issues using Protective Behaviour and Jigsaw scheme of work materials.


(See the Impact Statement for 2021 – 2022 on the school website for details on the use of Pupil Premium Funding.)

How do we measure the impact of our Pupil Premium Funding?

  • Through regular drop-ins, learning walks and observations of pupils’ learning in a variety of lessons.

  • By talking to pupils and using a pupil questionnaire for Pupil Premium Pupils and non-Pupil Premium Pupils.

  • By looking at individual targets set for Pupil Premium Pupils and reviewing the interventions they have had for their effectiveness.  There is always a baseline for each target which can then be reviewed at the end of the year.

  • Through looking at pupils’ books in a variety of subjects.  Comparing the progress they have made since their starting point at the start of the year.

  • Through careful monitoring of Catch-up and Challenge Groups.

  • Through analysis of attainment achieved and progress made on a termly basis and by talking to teachers in progress meetings every half-term.

  • By looking at the achievement of specific Individual Provision Plan targets on a termly basis for pupils who are also on the Special Needs Register.

  • By comparing the percentage of Pupil Premium Pupils who attend clubs, extra activities and whole-school events.

  • Through careful analysis of the impact of specific interventions such as Precision Teaching and Phonics scores, where we can compare the baseline score to the end score following a short amount of time.

  • By careful monitoring of attendance of pupils where their attendance is at risk of being below the National expectation.




What can you do to support your child to help them on their learning journey?

  • Make sure your child attends school on a regular basis and ask the teacher what they can do to catch-up on the work they have missed if they were ill.

  • Keeping a set routine is helpful so children know exactly what they have to do to get ready each day.  Maybe make a list for each day, for example, bringing their PE kit to school every Monday.

  • Talk to your child about their individual targets – all Pupil Premium pupils have individual; targets for English, Maths, progress, attainment and attendance which are given out to parents and carers at the first consultation evening in the Autumn Term.  Put these targets up somewhere at home where they can be seen. 

  • Make sure they read a wide range of books and other reading material at home.  Talk to your child about what they have read and ask them questions to make sure they understand the text.  Make sure the reading book and Home/School diary is always in school on a daily basis.  Don’t shy away from new exciting words to add to children’s vocabulary; learning new words and meanings will help your child when reading new texts.  Look out for our new Read, White Inc books to read at home with the new introduction of this scheme. 

  • Find new words to talk to children about their meanings; create your own vocabulary wall at home.

  • Visit the local library so that you can share a book together and read to your child.  Remember reading a story to or with your child encourages them to have a love of books.

  • Support your child with homework tasks such as tables and spelling practice; little and often is much better than just once a week.  Make sure homework such as spellings set on DB Primary is completed and practise your tables on TT Rockstars.  Maybe you could do something or make something linked to their brand new topics in the Curriculum.  Please see the website for information about the Curriculum Routeway.

  • Ask your child to tell you three good things about their day at school so that you can encourage them to be positive about their learning experiences.  Help them to understand that it is alright to make a mistake; that is how we learn.  Ask your child about our learning animals; Pondering Panda, Team Ant, Tough Tortoise and Clever Magpie – they will be able to tell you when they need to use them.  Can they also name the Arley 8 values?

  • Encourage your child to take up the Magic Breakfast offer every morning.  Explain to them the nutritional value of eating a healthy breakfast and how it helps them to be “ready to learn”.

  • Look at opportunities and clubs at school or in the local community to see if there is something else your child would like to do.  Many of the clubs at school are free or we can use some of the Pupil Premium Funding to support you with this.  Please ask for more information once the school is able to run clubs again.

  • Make sure you know how well your child is doing by attending all consultation evenings in school but remember we have an open door policy; so your child’s school teachers are very approachable.

  • Ask us how we can support you – we are always here to help and maintain an ‘open door’ policy at Arley.


S. Riley

Lead for Inclusion

September 2021

Information for Parents

PP Strategy 2021-22 and review of 2020-21

PP Policy 

PP Strategy 2019-20 and review of 2018-19

PP Strategy 2018-19 and review of 2017-18

Information for Parents

pupil Premium letter to Nursery parents


PP Strategy 2020-21 and review of 2019-20