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Pupil Premium

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Groups eligible for PPG funding



2013/2014  2014/2015 2015/2016 2016/2017

2017/2018            2018/2019 


children from service families (MOD)



£26,000 £22,100 £21,000 £25080 £28,200                   £24,900  

free school meals (FSM)



 £17,150 £22,000 £25,000 £11,880 £6,600                    £6,900  

looked after children (LAC)



 £900 £3800 £600 £0 £0                          £0  




 £44,050 £47900 £46,600 £36,960 £34,800                  £33150  

We have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind;

We are determined to ensure that all our children are given every chance to realise their full potential and thrive.

Sandlings is Unique because -

  • We are a smaller than the average primary school, located on a Ministry of Defense base surrounded by outstanding natural beauty.
  •  Most pupils (75% +) come from the base with the remainder drawn from the surrounding rural area.
  • A high proportion of pupils join or leave the school other than at the usual times of admission or leaving and are vulnerable to under achieving because of this mobility
  • A high proportion of pupils attract the Service Pupil Premium(SPP) of £300
  • A small percentage of children 3% attract a Free School Meals (FSM) premium of £1300

Barriers to Achievement and Objectives of Pupil Premium Grant Spending

Service Pupils

For our service pupils a known barrier to achievement is the emotional and social needs of children greatly affected by high mobility, parent deployment and friendship groups ever changing. This funding is received by the school annually. Following guidance from the DFE Best Practice Guidance, the funding is used mainly for pastoral support to improve the well being and sense of belonging for service children through:

  • Creating calm nurturing environments using the Regillio Emilio principles of design
  • Providing a variety of  nurturing programmes
  • Supporting children’s needs on a daily basis, so that children have a sense of belonging.
  • A specifically designed curriculum

Pupils in Receipt of Free School Meals

Common barriers for some FSM 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. To negate the potential negative effect on the their  progress and attainment we use the FSM premium to overcome identified barriers to achievement for individual pupils as the challenges are varied and there is no “one size” fits all  but interventions may included:

  • Tuition
  • Intervention support
  • Support materials


“The personal development and welfare of pupils are outstanding. The headteacher and deputy headteacher have tenaciously ensured that pupils’ welfare has remained a top priority.”

“Many pupils arrive or leave the school at times other than at the start of the academic year. A big proportion of pupils arrive at the school with specific social and emotional needs. Leaders’ work to support all pupils, including the most vulnerable, is exemplary; they ensure that each pupil receives the one-to-one care and support that they need to engage in all aspects of school life.”

“Pupil premium funding has been allocated to support The Thrive Approach provision in the school this year. This is particularly effective in supporting those pupils who really need intensive support to manage their emotions, behaviour and social needs”.

“The curriculum develops pupils into well-rounded citizens and is strength of the school’s work. In particular, pupils learn about other people from a range of cultures and lifestyles in a sensitive yet critical way. Leaders skillfully ensure that these opportunities support the development of a cohesive school community where members respect and value one another. Additionally, leaders’ work with parents and other carers ensures that children and pupils receive the wraparound support that they need”.

“In order to meet pupils’ often complex needs, leaders work closely with parents, previous schools and other relevant agencies to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of pupils’ experiences before they arrive at the school. Leaders provide a high-quality induction package for pupils and their families to ensure that these pupils rapidly become part of the school community and feel safe. As a result, almost all pupils settle very quickly and make friends”.

This year we aim to: -

  • Continue to ensure that children starting school (at any time) with low attainment make rapid progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through quality first teaching, intervention time and classroom support particularly in maths.
  • Continue to develop children’s sense of belonging through a life Skills afternoon; children experience a range of activities including cooking and a wellbeing aspect (yoga.)
  • As part of the schools wellbeing work we have brought an annual package of THRIVE support (a nurture and behaviour package)
  • Continue with our Catch Up Literacy, Catch Up Maths, phonics intervention and FFT reading programmes.
  •  World Club
  • KS2 guitar lessons                            
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