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Closing The Gap Funding

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Looked After Child), the school receives an amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for children who have a parent in the armed services.


Hope School is determined to ensure that all children achieve and are given the highest standards of teaching and learning through delivering Quality First Teaching (QFT). Additionally, that focussed support and pastoral care outside of QFT is given to children that require it so that they can achieve their full potential.

We believe the benefits provided by the extra funding should be available to all our children within school who could be considered to be vulnerable irrespective of whether they receive Pupil Premium funding. It should be noted that the children identified as requiring the additional levels of support are not necessarily those who fulfil the above criteria and upon which the school receives the Pupil Premium funding. There is no expectation that all Pupil Premium children will receive identical support; indeed the allocation of budget for each child feeds into the schools budget for pupil premium, rather being ring fenced for an individual child. Some children will need more than others and each child is individual with individual circumstances. The school considers how to allocate pupil premium money on an annual basis following rigorous data analysis and careful consideration of the needs of the children within this group.

The Action Plan for Pupil Premium spending focuses on whole-school strategies that impact all pupils, strategies that target under-performing pupils, and specific strategies targeting pupil premium pupils. We have a clear, strategic approach to the use of Pupil Premium funding, and plans are integrated into wider school support and improvement systems. These are monitored and evaluated regularly and in depth data analysis ensures that the correct support and strategies are identified to maximise progress.

Strong leadership ensures that Pupil Premium funding has the necessary impact on achievement, attendance and pastoral care. This includes an identified governor having responsibility for Pupil Premium, the Head of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and Assistant Head teachers leading the development plan, and a coordinated wider disseminated leadership approach to implementing plans. All matters relating to the Pupil Premium are reported back to Governors, ensuring that the school is held to account for the impact of spending. Ensuring all staff takes responsibility for Pupil Premium actions enables school to develop a strong, comprehensive and sustainable support package which leads to improvements in outcomes for all children.

Pupil Premium  Action Plan 2022-2023 (April-April)

Total: £56,745

Barriers specific to the school


A: The majority of PP children entering school struggle to understand their own mental health and to show socially appropriate behaviour.

B: The majority of PP children entering school have gaps in their education attainment and progress.

C: The majority of pupils entitled to pupil premium have poor fine or gross motor skills reducing access to the curriculum.

Actions/ Barries

Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)

SALT supports pupils with a range of needs such as difficulty communicating, eating, drinking, swallowing, problems with speech or slow speech develop. Sessions support pupils to find strategies to help them communicate and manage everyday task more easily.


Occupational Therapy (OT)

OT helps pupils play, improves their school performance, and aids their daily activities. It also boosts their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. OT helps pupils’ body be ready for learning and supports pupils in regulating.



A trained mindfulness practitioner will work with each class to support pupils with mindfulness mediation to support them with self- regulation and calming techniques




Sensory circuit LSA 





£2, 605

Physical Education and Sports Premium funding


Sports Premium Action Plan 2022 - 2023

Total: £16,438.00

Barriers specific to the school


A: All pupils entitled to sports premium have underdeveloped fundamental movement skills required to engage in physical activity. 


B: All pupils entitled to sports premium have missed opportunities to use appropriate speech and communication.


C: All pupils entitled to sports premium entering school have missed opportunities to learn through play and self expression due to previous experiences.



  • A - Forest School
  • B  - Aerial Ninjas
  • C - Swimming








The academic year 21/22, although limited in its capacity, was successful in engaging pupils in physical activity and active play.


Aerial ninjas has engaged pupils and developed core strength, balance and coordination, as well as fuelling pupil’s confidence as they showcased their skills in a Winter Spectacular and a Summer Send off. 


Forest Schools has enabled pupils to develop a sense of awe and wonder for the natural environment whilst allowing them to learn though play and make choices and manage risk, all whilst allowing access to learning through a safe, child centred approach, throughout lockdown and COVID affected learning.


New playground equipment and PE equipment allowed pupils to maintain a high level of physical activity every day, with equipment being accessible at play times and through creative cross curricular interventions.


Sensory equipment has been purchased to support  pupils in class, enrich the curriculum so that lessons can include sensory breaks and interventions to meet pupils' individual sensory diets.


Early Years and Foundation play equipment has given access to play for pupils who have otherwise found play times difficult to participate in. Through teacher modelled activities pupils have extended their knowledge and control over their Agility, Balance and Coordination.


Whilst it was viable a range of pupils across different age groups attended swimming lessons, gaining water confidence and developing different strokes, for many pupils at Hope School this is the only formally taught swimming that they access.



For further information about Sports Premium funding click on the link here.

The next pupil premium strategy review will take place during the Spring term 2024. 

For information regarding previous spending please click on the pages below:




Article 1; Everyone under the age of 18 has all the rights in the Convention.

Article 31; Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural activities.

Article 34; Governments must protect children from all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation.