Pupil Premium and Sports Funding

All schools receive Pupil Premium or Disadvantaged Funding relating to the number of pupils eligible for the additional money in order to diminish the difference towards national expectations and give all children the opportunity to reach their full potential.

For the year 2016-17, all schools in England received £1320 per eligible pupil rising to £1900 for looked after children. During this academic year, they include: children currently on Free School Meals (FSM), children who have received FSM within the last 6 years (Ever6) and children who are looked after (CLA).

Although all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 now get Universal Free School Meals, schools only receive the Disadvantaged or Pupil Premium funding if parents or carers are registered for Free School Meals.

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At Dixons Marchbank Primary:

  • We believe that teaching and learning opportunities should meet the needs of all pupils.
  • We make appropriate provision for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups including ensuring the needs disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • 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.
  • We closely track all pupils and determine the allocation of resources using assessment data alongside other factors to meet the needs of pupils and improve outcomes for all children.
  • The governing body received regular reports on key cohort progress including disadvantaged children and ask questions to shape the strategic direction of spending.


  • Providing small group work with experienced, well qualified staff focussed on diminishing differences in learning.
  • 1:1 support as required including pastoral work to enable pupils to access the curriculum
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained LSAs or external agencies.
  • Acquiring effective materials aimed at raising standards, particularly in reading.
  • All our work through the disadvantaged funding will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in reading, writing and maths.
  • Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on FSM to exceed GLD at end of Reception, achieve greater depth of learning at the end of KS1 and KS2 so that all children are challenged and have high expectations.
  • Focussed training for all staff to focus on quality first teaching in the classroom, supplemented by targeted interventions. This is monitored by identifying eligible children on lesson plans.

The range of provision the school makes for this group includes:

  • Reducing class sizes thus improving opportunities for effective Assessment for Learning and accelerating progress.
  • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focused on overcoming gaps in learning.
  • Subsidy of booster groups during extended schools provision.
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained LSAs or external agencies.

In making decisions on how to spend the Disadvantaged funds from the DfE, school has taken account of guidance from:

  • NCTL Effective Pupil Premium Reviews May 2016
  • EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit 2012
  • Sutton Trust and EEF The Pupil Premium next steps July 2015
  • Ofsted: Pupil Premium How schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement 2013

In 2016 -17 Dixons Marchbank Primary received £282,282 and this was allocated in a variety of ways to enhance and accelerate learning for pupils:

  • Educational and residential visits
  • Breakfast Club
  • SENDCo and pastoral team
  • Intervention teaching Staff – additional staff over and above class teachers
  • Intervention support staff
  • Parental Involvement Worker & Educational Welfare Officer
  • After School/Lunchtime clubs
  • Booster holiday classes
  • Training for teachers and support staff
  • Speech therapist & Educational Psychologist
  • PE specialist coach
  • Community Classes including academic and parenting
  • Additional resources & Equipment including multi-media
  • Online learning software accessible in school and at home

How did it make a difference to attainment
The Strategy Statement shows that in maths and writing, our Disadvantaged pupils made more progress than other pupils nationally. In reading whilst making less progress than other pupils nationally, our Disadvantaged pupils made more progress than disadvantaged pupils nationally.

In our recent review by a serving inspector, the following comments were made regarding our use of the funding:

  • The pupil premium funding is used very effectively to help overcome any barriers to learning experienced by disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils. Consequently any previous underperformance by this group has been tackled and differences are diminishing rapidly.
  • Leaders track pupils’ progress meticulously. Regular meetings between senior leaders and class teachers look at the progress of each pupil and specific support is provided for any who are falling behind with their learning. The impact of this support is reviewed regularly so that any necessary changes can be made in good time.
  • Attainment has improved markedly and is now good, including in the most recent national

assessments. This is because of the high expectations set by senior leaders and the consistently good teaching across the academy.

Pupil Premium allocation this year (2017-18)

The pupil premium allocation for this year is estimated to be £148,100.  For the year 2017-18, the funding will again be £1320 for each disadvantaged pupil, rising to £1900 for each Looked After Child.

Spending will be regularly reviewed to determine impact on progress and attainment for all pupils including those children designated Disadvantaged and who are eligible for additional funding.

Further details on impact and planned expenditure can be found via the following linked document: Pupil Premium Strategy Statement


Sports Funding

What is the Sports Premium?

This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and Physical Education for all their children.

Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil in years 1 to 6. In 2016/17 Dixons Marchbank Primary was allocated £9800. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. The money will be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. For 2017-18 we anticipate the amount will be £16,000 plus an extra £10 per pupil in years 1 to 6.  

Purpose of the funding

All schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but there is freedom to choose how we do it. Here at Dixons Marchbank Primary we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of children and believe that varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.

Sports Premium Funding Spending at Dixons Marchbank Primary

We have used the funding to contribute to the costs of providing a fully qualified Sports Coach to enhance PE across the school four days a week. This has enabled –

  • Enhanced quality PE teaching, with a qualified Sports Coach for Early Years
  • Full extra-curricular programme across school with sports clubs being offered to both KS1 & KS2
  • Lunch-time sports clubs being offered across school including team games and the Golden Mile
  • Rotating timetable of extra-curricular sporting activities.
  • Increased attendance at extra- curricular activities.
  • Children trying new sports and activities.
  • Inclusive programme created to enable all children to attend not just children who are talented.
  • Improved activity levels during breaktimes linked to raising awareness of health & Fitness

We have also funded in-school ‘dance days’ for each key stage throughout the year.