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Yardley Primary School

Enabling children to reach their full potential


Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding at Yardley Primary 2021-22


What is the pupil premium funding?

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any time in the last six years. Pupil Premium is allocated to help schools to achieve better outcomes for its disadvantaged pupils.

Premium Plus is allocated to the school based on the number of pupils adopted from care on or after December 30th 2005, or that left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after the same date. Premium Plus is allocated to ensure that these vulnerable pupils are supported appropriately to meet their emotional, social and educational needs and achieve the best outcomes.


Pupil Premium Grant Funding at Yardley 2021-22

Pupils in school

420 + 60 Nursery children

Proportion of disadvantaged pupils


Pupil premium allocation this academic year


Academic year or years covered by statement


Publish date

4th September 2021

Review date

1st July 2022

Statement authorised by

Chris Evans (Headteacher)

Pupil premium lead

Susanna Odysseas

Governor lead

Wayne Starling


Our principles

  • All children regardless of their needs have access to outstanding quality teaching and learning tailored to their needs.
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. The grant is aimed at accelerating progress by moving children to at least age related expectations.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.  We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
  • Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
  • We identify that not all disadvantaged pupils are lower ability and  more able disadvantaged children are eligible for support should their progress drop below expected.


Barriers to the children’s learning

The barriers to the children learning can be summarised in general terms as the following:

  • Impact of Covid19 virus on the academic and emotional wellbeing of the child.
  • Home learning instead of school based learning in specific areas of learning.
  • Fewer opportunities to learn outside of school environment and limited learning opportunities.
  • Less support with reading from home and less access to a variety of reading materials and resources.
  • Complex family issues, which have a negative impact on the emotional needs and wellbeing of the children.
  • Low income for some families.
  • Lack of access to devices for online learning or homework


Allocation of funding:

  • £76,735 towards the costs of additional 2.5 FTE non-classed based teachers. These provide direct teaching support for individual pupils, small groups and classes across KS1 and KS2. This includes specific phonics teaching in KS1, language groups in Reception, Nursery and Maths/English booster groups in the regular school day and any other support identified as necessary.
  • This allocation also contributes to any pupil specific support identified as necessary of beneficial. In 2020-21, this included play therapy, provision of digital devices and access to musical instrument lessons.
  • There is also a focus on continued professional development for teaching and learning. The additional teachers are able to allow class based teachers time out of class to work collaboratively to improve practise.
  • £8000 allocated towards providing small group tutoring for pupils not making expected progress. Disadvantaged pupils are given priority when selecting pupils for additional tutoring.


Success criteria 

All disadvantage pupils making at least expected progress across KS1 and KS2.

All pupils’ attainment to be in line with prior attainment levels before Covid/lockdowns.

Attainment and Progress measures to be at least above national averages in Reading, Writing and Maths in KS2 National Assessments.


How we will monitor the outcomes of the Pupil Premium funding in 2021/22

The class teachers, the Assessment Lead and/or Designated Safeguarding Leader, will monitor the progress and achievement of all children at least termly. The careful monitoring and tracking of the both individual and the cohort’s attainment, is to enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. The level and nature of support will be adjusted on a termly basis to ensure a more tailored approach that reflects individual children's needs.

Impact of the Pupil Premium Funding for 2020/21

Because of the Covid 19 pandemic there were no national statutory assessments taken by children in the summer 2021.