Hey with Zion 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.


Allocation of Funding 2020-21:

Pupil Premium Funding allocated to the school is £107,150. We are planning to use this funding in line with guidance from the DfE and Ofsted, to raise achievement for our most disadvantaged children.


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, before and after school and holiday tuition in Literacy and Numeracy (1:1 and small group) with  key staff e.g. Head and class teachers.  This is being extended this year to Year Five as well as Year Six children.
  • Regular progress monitoring by our Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and phase leaders, analysing and evaluating progress and identifying areas where further support is needed
  • Before and after school reading support by teaching assistants.
  • Attention to the wider development of the children, via teachers’ performance management targets, free and subsidised participation for school trips and extra curricular activities and the appointment and training of a Learning Mentor
  • Extra-curricular enhancements including working with the Oldham Regional Science Centre for Science Club, Oldham Athletic Community Trust and the Oldham Music Centre for class brass lessons and choir; also
  • 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 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 (February 2019) in which the overall grade was “excellent” noted, “The attainment of disadvantaged pupils is remarkably high.”

In our latest EEF family of schools' database we are top out of 50 for Pupil Premium attainment over three years:

This is not a new phenomenon at Hey with Zion: 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 September 2019 we were cited in the 2019 Education Parliamentary Review as a best practice representative, noting our “Our “disadvantaged” pupils make faster progress than the norm and outperform “advantaged” pupils elsewhere.” 

Pupil Premium money is intended to be 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 also looking to personalise the provision to meet identified specific needs.

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 the recent increase in these children’s participation in the wider life of school, such as in membership of the school council and extra curricular clubs.

We are introducing free theatre trips for Year Five children, to supplement for brass band learning to all Year Three children, to develop the cultural capital of children for whom such opportunities may not otherwise be available.