Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 2016/17 Academic Year


What is pupil premium funding?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.  For 2016/17, pupil premium is funded at the following rates per pupil:

Deprivation- primary


Deprivation- secondary


Service Children


Looked After Children/ Adoped from care



Funding received 16/17 Academic Year to date (7 months)



Service Children


Looked After Children/ Adoped from care





Funding is received on a financial year basis, so we have received funding for the 7 months to 31st March 2017 to date.  We expect funding to be slightly lower for the remaining 5 months TO 31st August 2017.

Barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school

Pupils at our school have a wide range of challenges in their lives.  Around a third of our pupils are eligible for pupil premium funding and we use the funding to address barriers including:

  • Difficulties in communication and interaction
  • Impact of time out of classroom for physical interventions (eg toileting)
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Challenges in leading an independent life after they leave Forest


Using the pupil premium to address these barriers

Area of spend

Measuring the impact

Specialist provision for communication and interaction across the whole school. Two Ta’s appointed to provide specific speech and language support including one to one and small group therapy. Cross school co-ordination and management of speech and language by specialist teacher.  

Improved outcomes relating to communication and interaction for all pupils including those of high priority need.

Improvement of accessibility to the curriculum through the use of a variety of communication strategies.

Support to the SpringForest Youth Club to help in provision of staff.

Improved communication and interaction for pupils attending the mainstream style Youth Club. 

Personal Care Assistant staff employed to carry out toileting throughout the day which frees up the classroom support staff to focus wholly on teaching and learning in the lessons.

Staff have maximum impact in the classroom, measured by overall progress of the pupils

Specialst staff qualified as local and regional ‘team teach’ trainers.  These staff advise and support the whole staff on behaviour management. 

Lower level of class disruption leading to improved outcomes for both the children with challenging behaviours and with other children in the class.

Professional Counselling Support provided to vulnerable pupils by both trained school staff and Teen Relate Counsellor.

Improved outcomes and confidence for children with difficult emotional issues.

Career advisory support provided to all pupils in years 9-11 by specialist SEND advisor.

Better life chances for all children, improved confidence and understanding of careers post 16 leading to clearer decision making for pupils of their next step post year 11.

Opportunites for Seniors to participate in outdoor and adventurous activities including  Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award

Significant personal development including self-esteem, self-confidence and independence.


Outcomes from Pupil Premium Spend 2015/16

Areas of spend for 2015/16 pupil premium were as follows:

  • Specialist Speech and Language targeted support and overall co-ordination
  • Support to activities including Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Club and after school clubs
  • Provision of specialist personal care staff to ensure teaching support staff remain in the classroom
  • Training for staff to help them deal with challenging behaviours
  • Work experience at Ripon Walled Garden
  • Counselling support for vulnerable pupils
  • Career advisory support

Impact of this spend included:

  • Improved communication and interaction skills, leading to better outcomes overall for the pupils.
  • Improved personal development skills leading to increased confidence and independence.
  • Improved behaviours and focus in classroom leading to better educational outcomes for all pupils.

We are able to measure the impact from pupil premium funding and it includes:

  • Pupils who are now able to self-regulate behaviours both at home and at school;
  • Pupils who now have a much improved view of themselves and their place in the school, the family and society
  • Pupils who are now able to communicate their needs and emotions willingly
  • Pupils who are now much more comfortable in the presence of others rather than being isolated
  • Pupils who are now more tolerant and respectful of others and are developing real friendships

Review of Pupil Premium Strategy

The Pupil Premium Strategy will be reviewed in Summer 2017.