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Pupil Premium Grant

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

School Overview



School Name

Foxes Piece 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)


Date this statement was published

September 2023

Date of which it will be reviewed

September 2024

Statement authorised by

Jane Byron

Pupil Premium Lead

Lisa Dempsey


Funding Overview



Pupil Premium funding allocation this academic year


Recovery premium funding allocation this academic year

£2,283 to date. The remaining allocation will be published by DfE in Dec ‘23, April 2024 and June 2024

Pupil premium funding carried forward from previous years (enter £0 if not applicable)


Total budget for this academic year

If your school is an academy in a trust that pools this funding, state the amount available to your school this academic year

£92, 446









Part A: Pupil premium strategy plan

Statement of intent

At Foxes Piece School we use the Pupil Premium grant to address the many and varied challenges our pupils and families face.   We use research conducted by EEF to support our decisions around the usefulness of different strategies and their value for money.

Common barriers to learning for disadvantaged children, can be less supported at home, weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, behaviour difficulties, attendance and punctuation issues.  There may also be complex family situations that prevent children from flourishing and impact on their attitude to learning.  The challenges are varied and there is no ‘one size fits all’.

Our ultimate objectives are:

  • To narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils.
  • For all disadvantaged pupils in school to make or exceed nationally expected progress
  • To support children to develop both resilience, self-regulation and self-esteem.
  • To ensure children have a positive school experience and become lifelong learners


We aim to do this through:

  • Ensuring that the teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils
  • Assessing appropriate provision for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups
  • Providing pastoral support to address barriers to education and ensure children come to                school calm, with the appropriate equipment and ready to learn.
  • Pupil Premium funding is allocated following a needs analysis for our pupils.
  • Providing a wide and varied range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities to instil a love of learning and enjoyment in education.


The range of provision for this group include:

  • Ensuring that all teaching is good or better.
  • Vocabulary, phonics and reading are a rich part of school life to improve all aspects of            English.
  • Accurate assessment and monitoring of progress is completed half termly with action plans in place across the school to address next steps.
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities through specialist teachers and external professionals.
  • Ensuring good attendance for all children is good
  • Ensuring children are socially and emotionally ready to learn







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

Challenge Number

Detail of challenge


Low starting points, lack of educational aspirations and poor parental engagement with home learning.


Narrow the attainment gap in reading, writing, maths and phonics.


Pupils eligible for PP often have poor/delayed language and communication skills.  Speech and Language interventions are key for progress to be made


Poor emotional resilience, diet, self-regulation skills and attendance impact on pupils’ abilities to work and accept challenge in their learning.


Lack of access to enrichment activities and extended home-learning for pupils eligible for PP restricts their knowledge and love to learn.


Attendance rates for pupils eligible for PP is below that of non-PP peers.  Pupils have reduced school hours and are missing out on quality first teaching and causes them to fall behind. Children arrive at school late and not always ‘ready to learn’ – poor routines, lack of equipment/uniform and unhealthy diets impact on their attitudes to learning.


Children who have high levels of mobility across schools and periods of EHE are at risk of disengaging with mainstream school and learning gaps are more pronounced.


Intended Outcomes

Intended Outcome

Success Criteria

To narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils in core subjects.

Pupils achieve age expected or better in core subjects.

Pupils make accelerated progress in subjects they have fallen behind in. (PiXL data)

For disadvantaged children in Early Years to develop their oracy skills to support communication and language.

At the end of Reception at least 75% of pupils will achieve ELG in speaking, word reading and writing.

Disadvantaged children in Key Stage 1 and 2 to increase vocabulary which will support their reading and writing.

Pass rate of Phonics Screening Check in Year 1 is at least in line with the national average.

Attainment at the end of KS1 in reading and writing at least within national average for the country.

Any attainment gaps in reading and writing between disadvantaged children and others will have diminished throughout the year.

To support children to develop resilience, self-regulation and self-esteem and be in the best condition to learn both physically and mentally. Friendship groups and mentoring opportunities for PP children. Priority places for PP children for trips and clubs will be presented.

Children will be able to self-regulate and show resilience in their learning.

School will provide free fruit to all children in school ensuring every PP child will have a piece of fruit every day.

Families have enough food to provide for their children.

All disadvantaged children are in full, correct uniform throughout the academic year.

To ensure children have a positive school experience and become lifelong learners through a range of experiences in their work.

Children will engage in learning, extra- curricular opportunities and enjoy school life.

All disadvantaged children are targeted to attend extra-curricular activities after school.

All disadvantaged children will attend at least one educational visit or experience every term.

Attendance for disadvantaged children increasing leading to improved outcomes in learning.

Children will engage in learning, extra- curricular opportunities and enjoy school life.

Disadvantaged children’s attendance will at least be in line with the national average.


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: £48,000






Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Timetable will enable identified (PiXL) critical objectives to be taught where gaps are occurring.

PiXL data informs children who are ‘at risk’ of not reaching ARE. PP lead to monitor disadvantaged children and their progress every half term. Support and challenge will be applied where appropriate.

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Assess children to identify gaps and lost learning within PP children.

PiXL therapy groups will track progress of targeted children throughout the term. Regular core meetings and PPMs to monitor progress being made.


Subject leaders will design curriculum to support and encourage children to become resilient and curious learners. Specialist teacher to support disadvantaged children with building resilience.

Curriculum progression through year groups will support retention for disadvantaged children.

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Pupil Premium lead to monitor attainment and progress for PP children.

EEF guide to Pupil Premium – applying the tiered approach. Teaching is priority with CPD opportunities.

Training and CPD will be relevant and up to date with one designated person leading.


Use of new oracy teaching strategies, such as ‘helicopter stories’ in EYFS.



Evidence from Bucks Challenge Universal offer says language and communication are key areas of development.


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

Budgeted cost: £7,381





Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Teacher led specialist intervention groups (PiXL therapy groups) for English and Maths are in place to support PP children who need intensive teaching support.

PiXL data and progress meetings identify children with gaps in learning. Low attendance for disadvantaged pupils impacts attainment in learning.

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Reading Specialist LSA provide support programmes and early morning phonic boosters using gap analysis and PIXL resources.

Pupil progress meetings and monitoring of disadvantaged children identify gaps in children’s learning.


Daily Doodle Maths and TTRS sessions for all children enables all children to revisit prior learning and maintain new learning.

PP lead monitoring disadvantaged children’s assessments and class plans, identifying areas to target.

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Specialist SEND interventions - Teacher led maths and English sessions for PP children who have additional needs and are not able to access the UKS2 curriculum. Planning will ensure that the identified needs are met and the children are able to transition successfully to their secondary setting.

SENco and PP meeting to discuss Maths and English for disadvantaged children with additional needs.

PiXL and assessment data to identify areas to target.

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

Budgeted cost: £37,065






Evidence that supports this approach

Challenge number(s) addressed

Children will have a positive attitude to learning and attending school as a result of high attendance being celebrated across school.

Attendance is lower for PP children compared to non-PP children. Family Liaison teacher has had some success with engaging parents by contacting directly.


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The SENDCo in school will monitor children and support teachers to provide scaffolding across the school. Additional support and training for teachers will be planned regularly and personalised to the needs as they arise.


New starters in school and all children moving to new year groups.

Meetings involving SLT to address concerns held regularly.

Importance of routines and expectations to be taught and instilled in children due to observed behaviours.


Bucks Mental Health Support Team to begin working regularly in school offering whole school, group, 1:1 and family support. They will address such issues as: anxiety, difficult feelings, wellbeing and friendship. This will include parental workshops.

Pupil voice and parents sharing concerns identify relationship issues and higher levels of anxiety. CPOMS tracking has identified the importance of building social skills.


SENDCo and Family Support Teacher to support mobility of PP children. New starters support with behaviour, financial support, feedback and communication with previous and next schools

High mobility of PP children and shared information with previous schools.


PP children are encouraged to take on a variety of leadership roles across the school ag. Maths Ambassadors, Reading Buddings, School Council, Learning Mentors, Sports Leaders to raise aspirations and boost self-esteem.

Prior success within school with pupil leadership opportunities and teaching responsibility. Importance of providing positive role models and mentors.


After school and Lunchtime Clubs - The staff team will provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and enrichment opportunities to ensure children enjoy coming to school and engagement levels are high and encourage social relationships across the school.

Tracking of attendance has been low with PP children. Wider-school experiences of children are limited with disadvantaged children.


Enrichment Project with SWBGS - Upper KS2 pupils to work with SWBGS in a mentoring project to promote aspirations and confidence in the children.

Disadvantaged children benefit from positive role models and mentors. Aspirations for disadvantaged children begin to fade later in school life.


SENDCo and Family Liaison Teacher to work with vulnerable families and improve parental engagement, supported by Bucks Mental Health Team.


Providing a point of contact ensures all families are able to access a range of support, guidance and advice where needed. Historic school evidence has shown that many families have benefitted from support with food, clothing and emotional support.


Resilience Project to be introduced in collaboration with other Marlow schools to enhance the resilience of our pupils.




Disadvantaged children will gain a greater understanding on how to become a more resilient learner which will have an impact on their academic success and their emotional regulation.




Ongoing CPD for teachers

Providing teachers and support staff with the most up-to-date guidance on how best to support children from disadvantaged backgrounds

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Total budgeted cost: £92,446