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 Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools by the government so that we can support our disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. This amount for 2014-15 was £57,200. The amount for 2015-16 was £54,920 and the amount for 2016-17 will be £61580.

Our main spending of the Pupil Premium is on staffing of high impact interventions which are given to disadvantaged children. We offer Numbers Count for KS1 and KS2 children - 0.6 (£22053) and Reading Recovery 0.6 (£34,181). We are committed to ensuring the success of the lower attaining disadvantaged children and spent in excess of £88k on Pupil premium in 2015-16.

The additional Pupil Premium funding at Combe Martin Primary School has contributed individual and group provision including...

Intervention Waves



Pupil Premium Report (PP6) for 2015-16

Total number of pupils on roll 170
Number of Pupils benefitting from Pupil Premium  44
Total amount of Pupil Premium spending 2014-15 57200

Objectives in spending the Pupil Premium Grant

To provide the highest quality interventions - Reading Recovery and Numbers Count

To raise the attainment and progress of the PP6 children across the school, particularly in Y6

Providing access to enrichment activities and sporting activities

Provide access to enrichment activities

Phonic training for the whole school

Counting to Calculate training

Summary of spending and actions taken for 2014-15 Academic Year

The impact of past spending before the school became part of the SWSF with Woolacombe School is hard to quantify. Since January 2013 the spending has become focussed on FSM and PP children and linked into school development. Our numbers of FSM children and their spread of ability has meant that interventions have been specific, like additional reading. For the exiting Y6 cohort the identification of need by teachers and subsequent provision has  meant that the children, who came into KS2 lower than nationally expected were able to make accelerated progress - increasing their chances of success at secondary school.


Reading Recovery performance over the length of the programme has had an average impact of 20 reading recovery book levels per child. That is approximate reading age is 2.5 years - most children starting from levels 1-2 and exiting on levels 18 to 20. There are 17 children in this data set and 7 children undergoing the intervention at present.


Numbers Count children are assessed on a Sandwell test on entry and exit. They are also tracked trough 3 and 6 months post exit and in Year 4 to ensure progression. There is for this data set a 15.0 month gain in test scores compared to a EEC national data set of 17.1 months. The gain in number age from the previous year to this is 23.9 months against the benchmark for schools of 18.9 months.

Numbers Count Annual School Report Review Sept 2014-July 2015

The data dashboard for CM shows the impact of PP spending. The variation in test performance is sporadic. PP children can outperform the main cohort at times. The gaps at KS1 are narrower leading to the assumption that experiences in life are a contributory factor in the performance of KS2 children. This is an issue discussed at senior leadership level.



Planned spending 2015-16 is £61580

Actions for 2015-16

  • To support Joint Project Development Research with the focus of Narrowing the Attainment and Progress gap across the school
  • 0.6 Teacher undertaking Numbers Count intervention training
  • Reading Recovery provision
  • Phonic Training for new staff
  • Thrive Training for 2 Teaching Assistants
  • Early Help Role for Thrive Trained TA
  • Enrichment Activity support and access



You can view an analysis of our 'Closing the Gap' performance on the Data Dashboard . Look at the 'Closing the Gap' tab.