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Purple Oaks Academy

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools by the Government so that they can support their disadvantaged students and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

The Department for Education states:

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. (DfE website)

Primary aged students receive £1300 per academic year in Pupil Premium funding and secondary aged students receive £935. It is anticipated that the funding provided to Purple Oaks Academy for the academic year 2017-2018 will be £7760 based on 12.5% of students meeting the criteria, which is the Northamptonshire average. 

The Government’s criteria for pupil premium funding is:

  • Children currently receiving free school meals
  • Children who have received free school meals in one or more of the previous 6 years
  • Children who are looked after by the Local Authority
  • Children who are from services families

This funding will be allocated to provide additional support to identified students to help them overcome barriers that may hinder their progress.  These could be related to specific areas of learning such as literacy or numeracy or personal developmental issues such as low self-esteem or anxieties, which can hinder a student’s ability to learn.

Examples of how Purple Oaks Academy intends to use Pupil Premium funding in the academic year 2017-2018:

1-1 or small group intervention work:
     – Literacy (Rainbow Reading programme, Neutron Stars)
     – Numeracy (RM maths)
     – Curriculum intervention (precision and pre teaching of key concepts)
     – Self-esteem
     – Managing emotions
     – Coping with anxieties
     – Lego Therapy
     – Autism Awareness
     – Social Skills
Learning Mentor to support children and families

Peripatetic music tuition
Forest Schools provision
Enrichment activities e.g. horse riding, swimming and after school clubs
Inclusion links supporting students with experiences in mainstream schools
Sports Leadership opportunities

Contributions towards residential visits

Funding resources to increase participation in lessons e.g. personalised resources for reward and choose time or books to increase interest in reading for the class library

If you think your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium please complete an application form:


Information will be added when PE and Sports Premium funding is allocated for 2017-2018 outlining how the funding will be spent.