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.

Academic Year 2017-18

This year, New Islington Free School's Pupil Premium grant is £68,640.  

We use this to fund a teacher for our Year 6 intervention groups, developing pupils’ basic skills in Maths and English.  We also subsidise music lessons, school trips and uniforms for eligible pupils, and some of the grant is put towards the cost of wraparound childcare provision for eligible working families.

Academic Year 2016-17

Last year, we received a grant of £61,270.

This was used to part-fund our Learning Mentor and to subsidise eligible pupils’ music lessons, school trips (including our first Year 6 residential trip), uniforms and wraparound childcare.

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 2016-17 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)

Pupil premium-funded intervention enabled the four eligible Reception pupils, all of whom have special educational needs, to make good progress from their low starting points.  Their progress towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG) for Maths, Listening and Attention, Speaking, Health and Self-Care and Managing Feelings and Behaviour was in line with that of pupils not in receipt of Pupil Premium; their progress towards the Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness ELG exceeded the average of other pupils.

The small size of the group, and their individual needs, means that meaningful comparison of attainment with school cohort and national averages is not possible.

Phonics Screening Check (Year 1)

Six of the ten eligible Year 1 pupils met or exceeded the phonics threshold level, most with high marks between 37 and 40 out of 40.  The four eligible pupils who did not reach the threshold continue to receive phonics intervention, funded by pupil premium, to accelerate their progress; all four have special educational needs.

Key Stage 1 National Curriculum Assessments (Year 2)

Five of the seven eligible Year 2 pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading at the end of Key Stage 1, two of whom achieved a greater depth. 

In Writing and Maths, and in all three subject areas combined, three pupils reached the expected standard, one of whom reached a greater depth.  It is important to note that three of the eligible pupils who did not achieve the expected standard in these areas have special educational needs; the additional funding helped them to make accelerated progress from their lower baselines.

Pupil premium-funded support enabled the four 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 an average of 12 marks).  As a result, three of the pupils (two of whom have special educational needs) met or exceeded the threshold mark in their Year 2 retake.

Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Assessments (Year 6)

Eleven pupils in Year 6 were eligible for Pupil Premium. Of these:

Eight achieved at least the expected standard in Reading, two of whom achieved a greater depth.
Eight achieved at least the expected standard in Writing, three of whom achieved a greater depth.
Eight achieved at least the expected standard in Maths, two of whom achieved a greater depth.

Six pupils reached the expected standard in all three subject areas combined.

*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.

Academic Year 2017-18

This year, New Islington Free School's PE and Sport Premium grant is £17,840.  We use this 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.

Academic Year 2016-17

Last year, we received a grant of £8700.

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