Pupil premium: how 3 primary schools are using the funding

See if the approaches these 3 primary schools are taking to spending their pupil premium could work for you. They include ways to target specific issues caused by coronavirus, as well as more general interventions.

Last reviewed on 26 April 2021
School types: All · School phases: Primary
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  1. Overcoming barriers caused by coronavirus
  2. Boosting literacy, cultural capital and pastoral care
  3. Analysing data to target spending

Overcoming barriers caused by coronavirus

Woodlands Primary School in Kent has prioritised the use of its pupil premium funding to address 3 issues following the national lockdown in 2020. Here’s how they’re tackling them.

Impact on pupils’ wellbeing and their sense of belonging

The school is ensuring pupils have their individual and collective personal, social, mental health and emotional needs met by:

  • Delivering a tailored and flexible curriculum 
  • Prioritising good mental health 
  • Introducing a new, compliant PSHE scheme of learning 
  • Establishing a clear behaviour code  

Exacerbated gaps in learning

The school is plugging these gaps by:

  • Adapting teaching to meet the varying needs of pupils
  • Analysing and developing its reading provision
  • Providing staff CPD on how pupils learn to read during primary school

The school provides handwriting support for boys with low esteem in writing. Their designated pupil premium champion also promotes