Hey with Zion CofE / Methodist Primary School

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.


Pupil premium strategy statement 2021-22

School overview



 School name

Hey with Zion

Pupils in school


Proportion of disadvantaged pupils


Pupil premium allocation this academic year


Academic year or years covered by statement


Publish date

September 2021

Review date

July 2022

Statement authorised by

Andrew Clowes

Pupil premium lead

Andrew Clowes

Governor lead

Kate Sanderson

Disadvantaged pupil progress scores for last academic year










Barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face within our school:

Our children for whom Pupil Premium funding is made available suffer from specific and personal combinations of the usual disadvantages of poverty in England today: these can include
low education level within the family culture,

lack of educational resources e.g. books at home, technology, internet access
lack of parental time available for educational purposes

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

overcrowded housing impacting on homework capability and friendships

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 usually leave our school better equipped, educationally, than the majority of the so-called better off children in our society.

In the most recent E.E.F. family of schools database, we were top performing school out of 50 for the progress of our Pupil Premium pupils.


In July 2017, the school’s Ofsted judgement was, “good” and the report stated, “The overall achievement of pupils who are disadvantaged is a strength.” Our SIAMS inspection report (2019) notes, “The attainment of disadvantaged children is remarkably high.”

This is not a new phenomenon. In 2016 we were one of just three Oldham schools to win an award for the effective use of our Pupil Premium money. Sam Gyimah, M.P., wrote to us then stating, “You are one of the high performing schools in the country in terms of the attainment and progress of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011.”

In September 2019 we were cited in the Education Parliamentary Review as a best practice representative, noting our “disadvantaged pupils make faster progress than the norm and outperform “advantaged” pupils elsewhere.”

 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.

Pupil Premium Funding allocated to the school is £103060 (last year £107150).

We use this funding in line with guidance from the DfE, Ofsted and EEF (https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Publications/Pupil_Premium_Guidance_iPDF.pdf) to raise achievement for our most disadvantaged children.

Last year we used our funding for the following activities:

  • 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 teaching assistants
  • Reduced adult: child ratio in Key Stage Two classrooms
  • Weekend, before school and after school tuition in Literacy and Maths with key staff.
  • Regular progress monitoring by the Head and phase leaders, analysing and evaluating progress and identifying areas where further support is needed.
  • Attention to the wider development of the children, via performance management targets, free and subsidised participation in school trips and extra curricular activities and very close support to families during lockdown.
  • Purchasing of extra hardware to allow us to loan over 50 Chromebooks / laptops to families
  • Use of learning mentor time to support individuals in their individual contexts
  • Extra curricular enhancements such as working with Oldham Regional Centre, Oldham Athletic Community Trust and Oldham Music Centre.
  • Subsidised trips and visits as well as visitors to school providing access to all children.
  • Phonics workshops for parents to support them in their parenting
  • 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 raise attainment
  • Contributing to enhancing the learning environment
  • To all of this, funded by Catch Up Premium, we added 1:1 and small group tuition in school time with N.T.P. tutors, and after school with our own staff.

The Impact/ Effect on Pupils of This:

We measure the effect of our Pupil Premium spending by a combination of data analysis of attainment and progress, and detailed qualitative discussions between key personnel, such as in half termly teacher/ phase leader meetings.

Even after the impact of lockdowns during the pandemic, our internal tracking shows that our Pupil Premium children are overwhelmingly meeting age related expectations and progress. Although the pandemic had an adverse effect on their progress. That progress was only slightly below the normal rate. Hence pur actions mitigated the worst effect so ght epandemic and our pupils fared better than the majority, nationally. It is anticipated that the accelerated learning in the new school year will eradicate the impact of Covid on lost learning.

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

We have made available Chromebooks and laptops for loan to all of our pupils to accelerate their digital learning, and we shall be running virtual workshops with parents to upskill them to support their children at home.

We have made extra curricular activities either free or half price to parents of Pupil Premium pupils and we are auditing to maintain and develop these children’s participation in the wider life of school, such as in membership of the school council and extra curricular clubs.

We plan to introduce free theatre trips for Year Five children, to provide brass musical instrument tuition for every child in Year Three, and chess to be provided in school to, to develop the cultural capital of pupils for whom such opportunities may not otherwise be available.

Our Pupil Premium Strategy is reviewed each summer. The next review will be July 2022.

Research on Pupil Premium/Catch Up Premium Spending 

For further details on research on pupil premium/catch up spending, July 2021 and how it matches Hey with Zion's use of the money please click on the link below:

Pupil premium/Catch Up Premium Research