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School Funding

Schools receive funding in a number of ways.  How many children they have, the amount of SEN children they have, how many children they have who are eligible for Free School Meals, children of Service families and many other indicators contribute to how schools receive their funding.  Here at Darley we have received additional funding for children who are eligible for Free School Meals and have Special Educational Needs.

How does it help?

Pupil Premium Funding 2015/16

All schools receive a ‘Pupil Premium’ to address the national attainment gap between pupils who are eligible for a free school meal and children from service families.  Schools of those children in receipt of ‘pupil premium’ will continue to receive the premium for six years if they are removed from the free school meal category in order to ensure the attainment of these children does not decrease due to the removal of the funding.  

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Darley has been allocated £17,100 in the 2015-16 financial year to use in order to ensure that gaps in attainment begin to narrow for this group of children.  This amount is split between Free School Meal children (£6,600) and our service children (£10,500).

We have allocated our funding in the following way:

Allocation Percentage of PP Purpose of Funding

Resources to contribute to learning and additional adult support in classes: 35%

Funding will provide support to children who are finding it difficult to meet national expectations.   Purchase of Active Literacy Kit, Active Listening.

Visits and transport costs to swimming lessons: 10%

Educational visits are an important part of the curriculum as it enhances the topic work which we have been doing in class.  This gives children the opportunity to experience new activities raising their expectations and self-confidence.

Staff Time outside of the school day. 20%

Some pupils in receipt of this funding are asked to come into school early so that specific intervention activities can be delivered before the start of the school day.  This ensures vulnerable learners get 1:1 to progress their learning.

Staff Training: 20%

Using funding for staff training ensures that we can provide support for children in receipt of pupil premium.  This is to be used in training staff with the skills which they require to deliver personalised support to each child.

Staff Costs: 15%

Senco preparation, planning,  meeting with parents and multi-disciplinary teams (EMS).

How do we monitor and evaluate the impact of Pupil Premium?

We closely track and monitor these children to ensure that funding is making a difference to their attainment.

* Tracking of free school meals and Ever6 pupils – this is carried out on a half termly basis. We use this information to inform intervention methods and decide as to whether changes need to be made to impact on the next data collection period.

* We measure the success of pupil premium children at the end of each Key Stage and at end of year assessments.

* Monitor pupils who require pastoral support 

Evaluation of Pupil Premium Funding 2014-2015


Attendance levels for pupil premium children are good and school attendance figures for these children are above the national average.


During the financial year 2014-15 we have used Pupil Premium funding to enable us to purchase a variety of different resources to support the children in making progress.  One of the resources we have purchased is a literacy resource called YARC (York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension) which is used to assess our pupils’ emerging and developing skills in reading and reading comprehension.

We have also bought a memory fix resource which helps children who struggle with their working memory.

A number of games for mathematical language have also been bought through pupil premium funding and these have been extremely beneficial in the children’s development of mathematical discussion.

Class visits and Activities 

As part of our termly topics we offer visits to places which support our learning in the classroom on the particular topic that we are delivering.  Most of these trips include a voluntary contribution from parents/carers so that we can continue to run these activities.  Unfortunately some parents/carers are not in a position to pay for these visits so we use part of our Pupil Premium Funding to subsidise the payments for these children when required. This includes class visits, activities and residentials. Using the funding in this way ensures that all children in school have the opportunity to take part in these activities and develop their social skills.

Staff Training

Part of the funding that we have received has been used to train staff to support the children in receipt of pupil premium.  This enables staff to develop their skills with certain resources, to have trainers coming into school to train our staff and this gives our staff the skills to support and nurture children in our school. This training can take place as part of our local cluster of schools or to have a specialised trainer coming into school to deliver the programmes.

Intervention outside of the school day

We ask some of our children to come into school a liitle bit earlier so that interventions can take place without impacting on their class time.  We offer our children lots of support with their learning and hopefully this gives them the best start to the school day.