Pupil Premium Expenditure

The pupil premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help them raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

Schools receive this funding for each pupil:

  • registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years*
  • identified as having left local authority care as a result of adoption, a special guardianship order or a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more

If you think that your child may be eligible for pupil premium funding, please contact us.

Current Academic Year: 2016-17

This year, New Islington Free School’s pupil premium grant is £62,040.

This has been used to part-fund our Learning Mentor and to subsidise music lessons, school trips (including our first Year 6 residential trip) and uniforms for those pupils eligible for the premium. We have also used some of the pupil premium grant to help towards the cost of wraparound childcare provision for working families.

Previous Academic Year: 2015-16

Last year, New Islington Free School’s pupil premium grant was £57933.33, which was used to fully-fund our Learning Mentor and to subsidise music lessons, school trips and uniforms for those pupils eligible for the premium.

How pupil premium spending is making a difference to the attainment of disadvantaged pupils

New Islington Free School uses the pupil premium funding to make sure that every pupil has an equal opportunity to achieve at school.

Analysis of 2015-16 pupil attainment and progress data shows that pupil premium had a very positive impact on accelerating the progress of pupils entitled to this funding.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (Reception)

60% of the ten eligible Reception pupils achieved a Good Level of Development (GLD). This is in line with the national GLD average for all pupils of 69%.  Pupil premium-funded intervention enabled all eligible pupils to make accelerated progress from their starting points.

60% of eligible pupils achieved the Early Learning Goals for Reading, Writing and Numbers, and 70% did so for Shape, Space and Measures. The small size of the group, and the significant proportion who had special educational needs (40%), makes meaningful comparison difficult but, at a national level, the average for all pupils was 77% in Reading, 73% in Writing, 79% in Numbers and 82% in Shape, Space and Measures.

Phonics Screening Check (Year 1)

50% of the eight eligible Year 1 pupils exceeded the phonics threshold level, with high marks between 36 and 40 out of 40. Nationally, 81% of all pupils met the threshold level of 32 marks.  As a result of pupil premium support, one of the pupils who achieved full marks made outstanding progress from an ‘emerging’ score in Reading at the end of Reception.  25% of eligible pupils had special educational needs and started from a lower baseline; these pupils continue to receive phonics intervention, funded by pupil premium, to help them reach the expected level.

Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Assessments (Year 2)

50% of the four eligible Year 2 pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths (and in all three subject areas combined) at the end of Key Stage 1. It is important to note that 50% of eligible pupils had special educational needs and made accelerated progress as a result of the additional funding.  74% of all pupils in England achieved the expected standard in Reading, 66% in Writing, 73% in Maths and 60% in all three subject areas combined.

Pupil premium-funded support enabled the eligible pupils who did not reach the phonics threshold at the end of Year 1 to significantly increase their marks at the end of Year 2 (by a minimum of 19 marks).

*You may be able to register your child as eligible for free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

(Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.)

Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

  • younger than the compulsory age for starting school
  • in full-time education

Your child will automatically be able to get free school meals if they’re in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, but do tell us if you also get any of the above benefits. New Islington Free School can apply for extra funding if you do.

PE and Sport Premium Expenditure

The PE and sport premium is allocated to most schools which have pupils of primary age.  Allocation is based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6, and is provided to help schools make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.  It can be used to develop or extend the PE and sport activities currently offered or to make improvements that will benefit future pupils.

At New Islington, we use our PE and sport premium to fund a daily lunchtime sports coach in the playground to organise a range of games and activities for our children, and to fund some of our after school sports clubs.  The grant enables our school teams to take part in a range of inter-school sporting fixtures and also enables us to hire specialist staff, facilities and transport for whole school events such as sports day.

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