Tollgate Community Junior School

Winston Crescent, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6NL

Tel: 01323 723298

Pupil Premium Report: September 2017

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their FSM (eligible for free school meals) children and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. It is allocated to schools for children who are eligible for FSM or have been eligible for FSM in the past six years. Pupil Premium is also provided for children adopted from care and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order (post-LAC). It is also paid for children whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces or have been in the past five years. The amounts paid for the 2017-18 financial year are:  £1,320 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM, £1,900 per pupil for each post-LAC, £300 per pupil for each Service Child.

Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) for 2017-18
Total number of pupils on roll 433
Total number of pupils eligible for PPG 91
Total amount of PPG received 135,660

As a school we have a good track record of ensuring that when pupils leave us at the end of Year 6 they are ready for secondary education. Historically however, levels of attainment are lower for FSM children – this is also a national trend. Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to close the gap in attainment and progress between pupil groups.  Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. Some children start Tollgate with low attainment on entry and our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.

Below is a table detailing how we allocated the Pupil Premium Grant last year – 2016-17:

Resources / Project Cost Objective Outcome
One to one targeted in-class support £20,000 Individualised support in all classes.

Small group work with high quality feedback.

Improved behaviour for targeted individuals. Improved progress for whole class. The behaviour gap between FSM and non FSM children has narrowed

Evidence –

Termly behaviour reports / tracking of behaviour gap

Three ipads with learning software in every classroom £12,000 To increase engagement with and access to learning resources in the classroom. Increased progress and attainment across years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Evidence –

In-school tracking / Pupil voice

Visual learning – maths and English resources in the classroom. £1000 To increase children’s access to concrete and visual resources in the classroom.

To improve the learning experience for children in class.

83% of children said the resources are ‘very helpful’ in helping them to learn.

Evidence –

SLT dip-ins, Pupil voice

Learning Mentor with Thrive training £21,000 To support vulnerable children and removing barriers to learning. Increased progress and attainment for targeted children.

Improved behaviour outcomes for targeted children.


Thrive assessment, Pupil voice

Parent voice

One to one tuition £33,000 One to one tutors.

Qualified teachers giving 10 week blocks of tuition in English / Maths.

Increased progress and attainment for targeted children. Evidence recorded by tutor for individual children.

Evidence –

Termly reviews

Tutor tracking

Book scrutiny

Pobble Literacy writing project £3,000 To raise attainment in writing across the school. Evidence –

Pupil voice, teacher voice

100% of children who attended said it was a positive experience and benefited their writing.

Residential trip subsidies £2,500 To give all children the opportunity of attending multi-activity centres. Increased team working, independence and collaboration skills for children.

Increased involvement and contribution to school life.


Trip registers- FSM attendance up 5% for Year 6 and Year 4 trips.

PLR reading £1,000 To improve reading skills of targeted children Improved reading attainment and progress for targeted children.


Termly reviews, PLR assessments e.g. reading age.

After-school club subsidies and costs (art & photography) £4000 To give all children the opportunity of attending after-school clubs. Increased club attendance for targeted children.

Evidence –

Club registers – 18 children who had not previously attended an after-school club, did so.

Copes – Family Outreach Service £8,000 To support families at home. Positive feedback from families engaged. Improved outcomes for children.

Evidence –

Parent voice / review meetings

Lunch-time Haven £1,600 To support children who have difficulties during unstructured time. Fewer recorded behaviour incidents involving children eligible for Pupil Premium. Evidence –

Termly behaviour reports / behaviour gap

Staff training – Dyslexia accredited status & PLR £2,500 To enable staff to lead dyslexia support and PLR interventions. Staff are now confident in leading the interventions

Evidence –

Teacher voice

Library project £7,000 To enhance the appeal and usability of the school library.

To make the library more accessible to children and families.


Pupil voice demonstrates children enjoy the library and use it more.

Average library usage at lunchtime is above capacity.

62% of FSM children said they borrowed at least one book.

Play Leaders – lunchtime adult led games £4,000 To increase children’s activity at lunchtime.

To increase the use of play equipment at lunchtime.

Evidence –

Pupil voice says children now enjoy their playtimes more.

85% of children have participated in an event or activity organised by Play Leaders.


Playground / outside learning project (2 year project) £6,000 To improve behaviour and attendance for targeted children. Fewer recorded behaviour incidents involving children eligible for Pupil Premium. Evidence –

Termly behaviour reports / behaviour gap / attendance reports (ESBAS)

Year 6 Maths & SPAG SATS booster groups £6000 TO raise attainment of targeted children in end of key stage Maths and SPAG tests. Targets within groups were met.

60% of children who attended the maths groups achieved national expected level.

66% of children who attended the SPAG groups achieved national expected level.

Evidence –

Data provided by group leaders.

End of Key stage data.


Total PPG received £132,580
Total PPG expenditure £132,600

How will the school measure the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant?

As the table above shows, every project we undertake or resource we use that is funded by the PPG is monitored. Evidence is gathered from a variety of sources and these can include: Pupil Voice, Parent Voice, in-school tracking, registers, classroom observations, Pupil Progress Meetings, assessments and end of Year 6 exam results.

Our key objective in using the PPG is to close the gap in attainment and progress between pupil groups. To this end, we collect attainment data for all children at the end of every term. In terms 1, 3 and 5 Pupil Progress meetings are held between class teachers and senior management and children are individually discussed, as is the impact of any intervention or resource used to support them. At the end of terms 2, 4 and 6 teacher assessment is analysed and the attainment gap can be quantified. If necessary, strategic decisions on where to focus or refocus resources can be made as a result.

By such means, we can ensure the PPG is being used effectively and evidence that it is helping us to narrow and eventually close the gap.

Attainment at end of Key Stage 2 for FSM children
Percentage of disadvantaged pupils working at the Expected Standard

  Tollgate disadvantaged pupils East Sussex / National disadvantaged pupils* National all pupils
Reading 71% 71%
Writing 65% 76%
Mathematics 52% 75%
SPaG 59% 77%
Mathematics, reading and writing 44% 61%

* Waiting for figures

Attainment at end of Key Stage 2 for FSM children
Percentage of disadvantaged pupils working at the Expected Standard

  Tollgate disadvantaged pupils East Sussex disadvantaged pupils National all pupils
Reading 61.1% 50.8% 65.7%
Writing 77.8% 60.2% 74.1%
Mathematics 55.6% 49.5% 69.8%
SPaG 83% 51.1% 72.4%
Mathematics, reading and writing 50% 34.6% 53.3%

Planned spending of the PPG in 2017-18

Tollgate Community Junior School is proud of its record of supporting vulnerable children. In recent years, the gaps between children considered ‘vulnerable’ and ‘other children’ are less at Tollgate than those within East Sussex and nationally. Attainment for vulnerable children at Tollgate is also higher than those in East Sussex and nationally.

No school however can ‘rest on its laurels’; Tollgate is no exception. We have an increasingly variable intake of children from a broad range of backgrounds and we need to be able to adapt to the ever-changing range of needs these children present.

With this in mind, a new approach to planning how to spend the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) launched last year. In consultation with teaching staff, the senior leadership team, school governors and the Business Manger the Triple ‘A’ Plan was formulated – ready to begin in September 2017.

The plan has 3 main strands: Improving Attainment, Developing Positive Attitudes and Raising Aspirations.

The Triple ‘A’ Plan


  1. Maths – Aim is to improve Numeracy, specifically understanding of number.
  2. Reading – Aim is to accelerate reading ages children in Year 3.
  3. Writing – Aim is to increase the motivation by proving a global audience.


  1. Outdoor Learning – Aim is to increase the access to Forest school-type activities for all children.
  2. Postcards – Aim is to provide positive communication with parents.
  3. Attendance – Aim is to increase the attendance of current FSM children.


  1. Mentoring – Aim is to provide targeted children with positive role-models, 1:1 attention and develop resilience.
  2.  Increase community involvement – Aim is to raise awareness of the careers open to everyone and the need to achieve well at school both academically and socially in order to have choices later in life.

Triple ‘A’ Bids

A portion of the Pupil Premium grant is to be ring-fenced for bids from teachers and/or support staff. Successful bids will be consistent with the aims of the Triple ‘A’ plan.

Review date for Pupil Premium Report: September 2018

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