Hey with Zion Primary School

Pupil Premium

At Hey with Zion we work hard to help all of our children achieve the very best they can, regardless of their individual circumstances. We support and encourage the children in all areas of education, with particular focus on those children with a less advantaged background.

Allocation of Funding 2016-17:

Pupil Premium Funding allocated to the school is £88,300. We are planning to use this funding in line with guidance from the DfE and Ofsted, to raise achievement for our most disadvantaged children.

Our children for whom Pupil Premium funding is made available suffer the usual disadvantages of poverty in England today: these can include

  • · poverty

  • ·  lack of respect for education within the family culture,

  • ·  lack of educational resources e.g. books at home,

  • · lack of parental time allocated for educational purposes,

  • · lack of transport and

  • · lack of participation in extra curricular activities beneficial to children, e.g. membership of sports clubs/ Brownies etc.

  • · some self-image concerns such as to do with cheaper clothing and

  • · shame about their housing leading to loss of friendships as friends are not invited home.

Hey with Zion is proud, though, that through the goodwill, energy and mutual drive fostered between our “Pupil Premium” families and school, our Pupil Premium pupils actually leave our school better equipped, educationally, than the majority of the rest of the so-called better off children in our society.
We do this by focussing on our children and their families, and taking the time to encourage this shared mutual purpose which self-evidently achieves success.
We measure the impact routinely through monitoring activities in school (book scrutinies, giving Pupil Premium children particular but not exclusive focus in teachers’ half termly progress meetings with management) and we focus not just on the academic but also the cultural impact of what we do: participation in extra curricular activities, for example, is monitored closely as well as reading/ writing/ mathematical progress.
Our Pupil Premium strategy is monitored termly at full governors’ meetings, 8th November 2016 being the next planned, and explores such areas as academic progress, attendance, participation in wider school life as well as how we actually spend the money.

The Pupil Premium money has been used as follows:

  • • An intensive programme of extra support within the classroom, for example specific phonic interventions for targeted children needing extra support, carried out in small groups led by a HLTA;

  • • Reduced adult: child ratio in the classroom

  • • Weekend, after school and holiday tuition in Literacy and Numeracy (1:1 and small group) with  key staff e.g. Head and class teachers

  • • Regular progress monitoring by our Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and phase leaders, analysing and evaluating progress and identifying areas where further support is needed.

  • • Attention to the wider development of the children, via teacher’s performance management targets, free and subsidised participation for school trips and extra curricular activities and the appointment of a Learning Mentor

  • • Free of charge after school clubs for all children such as singing, football, film club and gymnastics.

  • • Extra-curricular enhancements including working with the Oldham Regional Science Centre for Science Club and the Oldham Music Centre for class brass lessons;

  • • Subsidised trips and visits as well as visitors into school providing access to all children;

  • • Phonics workshops for parents to provide them with information on how phonics are taught in school, to encourage further support at home;

  • • Continued professional development for staff at INSET sessions to maintain awareness of children in need of special attention and resources/policies in place to help to raise attainment;

  • • Contributing towards enhancing the learning environment.

The Impact of This:

In 2016 we were one of just three Oldham schools to win an award for our use of Pupil Premium money, receiving a letter from parliament praising our work: The letter from Sam Gyimah, MP, said, “You are one of the high achieving schools in the country in terms of the attainment and progress of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011.”

In March 2013 the school’s Ofsted judgement was “good” and the report stated: “Pupils who are known to be eligible for the pupil premium achieve as well as other pupils. Individual and small group support and good quality teaching helps pupils to raise their standards. Pupils known to be eligible for free school meals attain higher standards in English and mathematics than for similar groups nationally.” Our SIAMS inspection report (March 2014) confirmed the effectiveness of this: “Additional funding has been invested into … reducing pupil numbers in teaching groups. This has further improved outcomes for all.” We have also been awarded the “Quality Mark” from Achievement For All for “transforming the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and their families by raising educational aspirations, access and achievement.” (April 2014)

Most recently, the average attainment of our Pupil Premium pupils has become consistently above the national average to a statistically significant and increasing level:

Average Scaled Score




Hey with Zion Pupil Premium pupils103.7103.9105.5
 National Average100.1100.3100.1

Pupil Premium money is used to “close the gap” on the attainment of other pupils. At Hey with Zion this goal is not just met – we have reversed the gap so it is now above the performance of the rest of the country.

Our plans for future use of Pupil Premium involve continuation and development of all of the above actions to meet the ongoing needs of the children as they are learned through monitoring and evaluating processes undertaken. Increasingly we are looking to personalise the provision to meet identified specific needs.

We plan to make all trips and extra curricular activities either free or half price to parents of Pupil premium pupils and to audit and increase these children’s participation in the wider life of school, such as in membership of the school council and extra curricular clubs.