Pupil Premium

At Chantry Middle School, and within the Three Rivers Learning Trust, we view the needs of all students as important and strive to create the best opportunities and experiences for all.

Nationally, statistics show a gap between the attainment and progress of some groups of pupils including those in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers. The Pupil Premium is a sum of money that the school receives to help narrow this gap. This now includes students;

  • who have been in receipt of Free School Meals any time over the past six years
  • that were adopted from care in England ( including those adopted before December 2005)
  • that left care under a Special Guardianship Order( under the Children Act 1989)
  • that left care under a Residential Order ( under the Children Act 1989)
  • whose parents are in the armed services, or have been ion the past four years.

We are required to publish how much Pupil Premium money we receive and how we have chosen to spend that money. We are also required to publish the results for Pupil Premium students compared with their peers.

Action Plan for 2016/17


Our vision is that we aspire to be a school where all disadvantaged students excel.

Long Term Aims
  • To significantly raise the attainment of disadvantaged students at Chantry and hence reduce the gap between disadvantaged student and other students
  • To broaden the horizons of disadvantaged students; building their confidence and self-esteem so they have high expectations of themselves and are able to pursue  a range of opportunities so that they are ready for the next stage in their learning and lives.

Research shows that good quality teaching and learning is fundamentally important for disadvantaged students and has a disproportionate impact on the progress they make.  

At Chantry we will focus on teaching being consistently good or better. We will use approaches and strategies which research shows have positive impacts on disadvantaged students, both in and out of the classroom.   

We will work with students and their parents to tailor resources and approaches to meet individual needs.   

There will be a whole school focus on improving the outcomes of disadvantaged students with all staff involved in different ways related to their roles in school.

In the academic year 2016/17,  we will receive £110,310  in Pupil Premium Funding for 97 students (as at September 2016).

Click here to see how we intend to use the funding to help disadvantaged students.

The use of the funding for Pupil Premium at Chantry is summarised in the three sections below:

1) Outstanding teaching

We believe that the greatest impact on pupil achievement is outstanding teaching, which has an emphasis on effective differentiation that allows all students to progress.

As a result a considerable amount of the funding has been spent on:

  • Teacher training around awareness, targeting and strategies to develop the pupil premium group
  • A coaching programme which supports and challenges teachers on pupil premium progress and attainment
  • Keeping pupil premium as a key element in the Learning Trust Strategic Plan, School Development Plan and Subject Development Plan
  • Developing the role of a ‘Pupil Premium Champion’
  • Developing an appraisal system which has a strong emphasis towards the needs of the pupil premium group.
2) Teaching Assistant Support

There has been a further refocusing of the role of teaching assistants.  In the past they would only work alongside pupils with a ‘Special Educational Need’.  This has changed. All teaching assistants are aware of the pupil premium children in their classes. They are aware of their strengths and weakness and support them accordingly. With the guidance of the class teacher they are now able to support pupil premium children as effectively as they did the SEN pupils. A greater percentage of their teaching time is now spent supporting pupil premium children. This excellent resource is now having an impact on pupil premium children.

Interventions led and directed by teaching assistants include:

  • Read Write Inc
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Acceleread/ Accelewrite
  • Clicker 6 – speech recognition software to support writing
  • Wordshark
  • Fine motor skills including handwriting
  • Phonic Speed sounds
  • Paired & Group reading – peer and teacher assistant led
  • Friendship/Social Skills groups
  • Speech & Language activities
  • Receptive & Expressive language skills
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Inference & Deduction skills
  • Toe by Toe reading scheme
  • Attendance workshops and initiatives
3) Other interventions

The school recognises that there are other aspects which influence the achievement of the pupil premium group which are harder to robustly measure yet we support them anyway. This includes the barriers to accessing a fully rounded education due to the financial disadvantage of belonging to a low income family. The school has tried to minimise this disadvantage by:

  • Offering financial support for uniform, music lessons, technology resources and trips and visits where a parental contribution is requested
  • Providing a daily ICT and homework club for pupils to access the internet
  • Targeting the group for art and cultural projects
  • Providing strong sport, culture and outdoor education elements to the curriculum
  • Daily Breakfast Club

Pupil Premium Income 2015/16

The income for Pupil Premium for the academic year 2015/16 was £118,905.

Click here to see how this money was used, as well as a review of the impact of this funding.