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Pupil Premium Strategy

Our Strategy

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011.  This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The categories of pupil who attract this funding are:

  • Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or who have been eligible at some time in the past 6 years
  • Pupils whose parents are in the armed services
  • Looked after children
  • Children who have been adopted from care

When making decisions about using Pupil Premium funding it is important to consider the context of the school and the subsequent challenges faced. This alongside research conducted by the EEF. Common barriers to learning for disadvantaged children can be: less support at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, more frequent behaviour difficulties and attendance and punctuality issues. There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing. The challenges are varied and there is no “one size fits all”.

Through our senior and middle leadership structure, we will ensure that all teaching staff are involved in the analysis of data and identification of pupils, so that they are fully aware of strengths and weaknesses across the school.


  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
  • 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.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time

 Contextual Information

 Air Balloon Hill Primary School is a community school located in East Bristol. It is 4 form entry school from R- Year 6 with the exception of year 3 which is 3 form entry. The following information is taken from Ofsted’s Primary Inspection Data Summary Report:

Ethnicity Guidance ■ This school has 15 out of 17 possible ethnic groups. The top 5 representing 5% or more are: – 64%: White – British – 8%: Black or Black British – African – 6%: White – Any other White background – 5%: Mixed – White and Black Caribbean

Local area Guidance ■ The school location deprivation indicator was in quintile 3 (average) of all schools.

 ■ The pupil base is in quintile 4 (more deprived) of all schools in terms of deprivation.

 Ultimate Objectives

  • To narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils nationally and also within internal school data.
  • For all disadvantaged pupils in school to exceed nationally expected progress rates in order to reach Age Related Expectation at the end of Year 6 and thus achieve GCSE’s in English and Maths.

 Achieving These Objectives

The range of provision the Governors consider making for this group include and would not be limited to:

  • 1-1 support from trained practitioners
  • Use of the tutors through the National tutoring programme
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained LSAs or external agencies using evidence based interventions
  • All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress, moving children towards at least age-related expectations.
  • Pupil premium resources are to be used to target able children on Free School Meals to achieve Age Related Expectations
  • Transition from primary to secondary and transition internally and into EYFS.
  • Subsidise educational visits. Ensuring children have first-hand experiences to use in their learning in the classroom.
  • To extend PE provision by providing extra curricular activities for PP children.
  • To allow the children to learn a musical instrument (Children in care)
  • Behaviour and nurture support from pastoral team during lunchtimes by providing activities to engage and promote Air Balloon Hill Primary values
  • Improve attendance through deployment of administrative and pastoral staff
  • Support parents of disadvantaged children through family support worker

This list is not exhaustive and will change according to the needs and support our socially disadvantaged pupils require.

To read our full Pupil Premium Strategy, please click here: Pupil Premium Statement 21-22

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