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Pupil Premium 2014-15

In the financial year April 2014 – March 2015, Hawksmoor School received £209,900 Pupil Premium Funding to help us boost the progress to get better results for our children who are eligible for free school meals or ‘looked after’ by the Local Authority with the intention of closing any gaps in attainment for ‘disadvantaged’ children. In 2015-16 this has been increased to £237,540.

This is what we spent it on:
In the 2014/15 academic year we spent approximately £375,946 on initiatives, activities and additional outside agencies which supported our pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant which is well above the money we were allocated by the government.

We spent £180,435 on teacher focus work, on in-class support provided by our excellent Teaching Assistants, and to pay teachers and TAs to run our many English and Maths intervention, catch-up and booster groups including:

  • Targeted work in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • 1.5 TAs offering language groups and speech and language therapist set programmes
  • Daily 1:1 reading and additional Group Guided Reading
  • Reading comprehension groups
  • Additional spelling and grammar groups
  • Project X Code
  • Phonics booster sessions
  • Sounds Success
  • Early Literacy Support
  • Writing, creative writing and handwriting groups
  • Pre and post-teaching English and maths lessons
  • Marvellous Max’s Maths
  • Sonia’s Super Maths Solver
  • Springboard for maths
  • Wave 3 maths groups
  • Maths times-tables groups
  • Before and after school SATs boosters

We also spent:

  • £33,669 on our very successful Parent Partnership and support programme
  • £13,400 on high quality professional counselling
  • £997 on additional Educational Psychology advice

  • £15,210 on additional speech and language therapy support, £9,900 on those children who have social and communication difficulties, and £23,500 on special language groups in the Early Years and Key Stage 1

  • £3,900 on a lunchtime computer club for these children, especially those who do not have access to a computer or the internet at home

  • £7,780 on times tables and homework clubs as well as highly effective attendance work

  • £7,285 on help from a specialist teacher for those learning English
  • £26,888 on 1:1 tuition by a teacher
  • £990 on additional books and teaching resources
  • Approximately £50,000 on full-time 1:1 support for disadvantaged pupils with significant special educational needs who either do not have funding from the Local Authority, are awaiting funding or to supplement LA funding.

Total: £195,511


We plan to offer a similar programme of support and special projects next year.



As a result of our excellent support, our ‘disadvantaged’ children do exceptionally well. In 2015 our ‘disadvantaged’ pupils made better progress and outperformed both Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium children nationally. They do so well that most years we get congratulatory letters from government ministers:

It gives me great pleasure to write to you and congratulate your school on the improvement in the key stage 2 results of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011”
“ …you are highly effective in educating these pupils”
“I would like to congratulate your staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success, and thank you for your leadership in making such a difference to the future success of your pupils.”
(Rt Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools 2015)

As a result, Mrs Brammer, the Executive Headteacher, is an official National Pupil Premium Reviewer, helping other schools improve their practice and results for these children.


Read our congratulations letter from David Laws MP