Churchfields Primary School


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Pupil Premium Strategy

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is Government funding allocated to schools for the benefit of children from low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals or have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years.

This funding is also given for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

Since the introduction of Free School Meals for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, these children may miss out on this additional funding.

We do encourage parents to complete the online Free School Meals application if they think they may be eligible, even if they do not need to claim a free meal.


What is the difference between Pupil Premium and Free School Meals?


Pupil Premium Grant: the Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Free School Meals: this is one aspect of support available to families of lower income. Free School Meals is part of the Pupil Premium Grant.


Information on Free School Meals and eligibility:


In order for children to receive the Pupil Premium Grant, including Free School Meals, parents or carers will need to complete a Free School Meals application online.

The school can assist you with the application.


Pupil premium strategy statement

This statement details our school’s use of pupil premium (and recovery premium for the 2021 to 2022 academic year) funding to help improve the attainment of our disadvantaged pupils.

It outlines our pupil premium strategy, how we intend to spend the funding in this academic year and the effect that last year’s spending of pupil premium had within our school.

School overview



School name

Churchfields Primary School

Number of pupils in school


Proportion (%) of pupil premium eligible pupils


Academic year/years that our current pupil premium strategy plan covers (3 year plans are recommended)

2021 - 2024

Date this statement was published

January 2022

Date on which it will be reviewed

July 2022

Statement authorised by

Tom Hyndley (Head)

Pupil premium lead

Sally White

Governor / Trustee lead

Karen Parkinson

Funding overview



Pupil premium funding allocation this academic year


Recovery premium funding allocation this academic year


Pupil premium funding carried forward from previous years


Total budget for this academic year



Part A: Pupil premium strategy plan

Statement of intent

Ultimately we aim to ensure there is no attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers.

We use pupil premium funding to support strategies that help all children to achieve and succeed. 

The key principles of our strategy plan are:

·         First and foremost, Quality First Education. High quality teaching is pivotal in improving outcomes for all children, and can narrow the disadvantage gap.

·         Providing Whatever It Takes for those who need additional support or time to achieve their potential, through both teaching interventions and targeted social/emotional support.


This details the key challenges to achievement that we have identified among our disadvantaged pupils.

Challenge number

Detail of challenge


SEND: Pupils eligible for pupil premium make up a significant proportion of our children on the SEND register, in EHCPs and in our resource based (ARC) classes. 


Attendance: Pupils eligible for pupil premium make up a significant proportion of our children who have persistently low attendance and/or school avoidance.


Impact of covid-19: Younger children (particularly year 1 and year 2) appear to have been disproportionately affected by the partial school closures during the pandemic.


Access to wider opportunities:  Pupils eligible for pupil premium have significantly less access to wider opportunities/experiences/enrichment than their peers.

Intended outcomes

This explains the outcomes we are aiming for by the end of our current strategy plan, and how we will measure whether they have been achieved.

Intended outcome

Success criteria

Close gaps in attainment

Outcomes by the end of KS2 are as good as those for Non PP children.

Children at each key stage are able to access their next phase of learning, and are ‘secondary ready’ by the time they leave us. 

Build social capital

Children experience a broad range of experiences both within the taught curriculum and through extra-curricular activities.

Emotional wellbeing

Children and families are supported to develop into mature and responsible young people with the social and emotional skills to deal with challenges.

Behaviour records show that behaviour for pupils eligible for pupil premium of is line with behaviour for pupils in school generally. 

Activity in this academic year

This details how we intend to spend our pupil premium (and recovery premium funding) this academic year to address the challenges listed above.

Teaching (for example, CPD, recruitment and retention)

Budgeted cost: £ 31000


Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

 Quality First Teaching: People

Recruitment, retention and development of excellent teachers, including subject specialists.

EEF: “Supporting high quality teaching is pivotal in improving children’s outcomes. High quality teaching can narrow the disadvantage gap. EEF: High quality teaching


Quality First Teaching: Training

Excellent CPD including Q1E trust induction, INSET, trust-wide planning, central team and cross-school support.  

EEF: “Ensuring every teacher is supported in delivering high-quality teaching is essential to achieving the best outcomes for all pupils, particularly the most disadvantaged.”

EEF: Continuing Professional Development


Quality First Teaching: Curriculum

Further development of our high quality curriculum incorporating a clear phonics programme; reciprocal reading; Maths Mastery; collaborative learning approach.

EEF: Phonics; EEF: Mastery learning;

EEF: Reading comprehension strategies

EEF: Collaborative learning approaches



Targeted academic support (for example, tutoring, one-to-one support structured interventions)

Budgeted cost: £ 39,150


Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Whatever it takes: SEND support:

Support staff are deployed across the school according to need. Targeted interventions are planned for and delivered by trained support staff according to class teacher’s regular assessment. Impact of interventions is regularly reviewed and adapted as needed.

EEF: “Ensure pupils have access to high quality teaching.”

EEF: “To a great extent, good quality teaching for pupils with SEND is good teaching for all.”

Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools |

EEF: “Use TAs to add value to what teachers do, not replace them.”

Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants | EEF


Whatever it takes: Recovery:  Additional teaching support for early reading and maths

EEF: “Small group tuition has an average impact of four months’ additional progress over a year.”

EEF: Phonics;  EEF: Small group tuition

EEF: Oral language interventions


Whatever it takes: Attainment:  

Year 6 booster groups

EEF: “Small group tuition has an average impact of four months’ additional progress over a year.” EEF: Small group tuition



Wider strategies (for example, related to attendance, behaviour, wellbeing)

Budgeted cost: £ 41350


Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Provision of Family Worker to work with identified children and families

EEF: Social and emotional learning

EEF: Parental engagement

2, 3

Provision of Counselling

EEF: Social and emotional learning


Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) to work with identified pupils 

EEF: Social and emotional learning

EEF: Teaching assistant interventions


Small group trips for ELSA group, and subsidy for general school trips for PP children

EEF: Arts participation


Total budgeted cost: £ 111,500

Part B: Review of outcomes in the previous academic year

Pupil premium strategy outcomes

This details the impact that our pupil premium activity had on pupils in the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

The last set of published school data (2018-19) showed that the attainment of disadvantaged pupils at Churchfields was higher than the national average for non-disadvantaged pupils, in reading, writing and maths.

Due to COVID-19, performance measures have not been published for 2019-20 or 2020-21, and national assessments were not administered. The school did undertake teacher administered tests and we have also carried out diagnostic assessments in specific areas, in order to adjust the curriculum and develop some targeted interventions.

In line with the national picture, assessment information suggested that pupils eligible for pupil premium were disproportionately affected by the periods of lock down and typically gaps widened.  The children who attended school regularly made good progress and in some cases made more rapid progress than would have otherwise been expected (benefitting from more individual attention as a result of reduced group sizes), However overall the pandemic had a negative impact despite the efforts of the staff team to ensure and build continued engagement with home learning.  It was clear that in some cases there were very significant barriers to accessing home learning, both technical and in terms of family set-up, which made engagement with regular high quality home learning more difficult.

Externally provided programmes



Guided Peer Evaluation (review programme provided by our multi academy trust)

Quality First Education Trust

Service pupil premium funding



How did you spend your service pupil premium allocation last academic year?

Not applicable

What was the impact of that spending on service pupil premium eligible pupils?

Not applicable



Churchfields Primary School

Churchfields Road, Beckenham
Kent, BR3 4QY

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