Pupil Premium Statement 2018-19

A funding agreement exists between the Department for Education and Paradigm Trust, which sets out the framework for the operation of Murrayfield Primary Academy. Under that funding agreement, Paradigm Trust is required to publish in each financial year information in relation to:

    • the amount of pupil premium allocation that Murrayfield Primary Academy will receive during the financial year.
    • on what it intends to spend the pupil premium allocation.
    • on what it spent its pupil premium in the previous financial year.
  • the impact on educational attainment, arising from expenditure of the previous financial year’s pupil premium.


The main barriers to educational achievement faced by disadvantaged pupils in Murrayfield Primary Academy are:

    • Attainment on entry to school is very low
    • A lack of support with learning, rehearsal of learning and resources at home – limited exposure to vocabulary outside of academy
    • Lower levels of attendance compared to their peers
  • Specific social and emotional needs and an increased preponderance of child protection issues which may affect their learning.

Current year – September 2018 to end August 2019

Murrayfield Primary Academy expects to receive £107 800 in pupil premium for the period September 2018 to end March 2019. The allocation for April 2019 to end August 2019 has yet to be confirmed. The school plans to spend this, or has already spent this, as follows:

[NB where the chosen services/spend benefit all pupils, the funding contribution has been pro-rated to reflect the proportion of pupil premium students within the target population. Salary costs have been pro-rated to 7/12 to reflect cost to the end of March.]

    • £45000 to provide staffing and resources to develop reading and writing through the Read Write Inc programme (phonics) to allow pupils to access their learning across the curriculum drawing up a system of keeping up rather than catching up once they have fallen behind.
    • £12000 to provide pastoral support so families and pupils can be supported with their social and emotional needs ensuring that strong communication exists between home and school resulting in good attendance.
    • £6000 to provide funding for Saturday morning additional learning sessions in the spring and summer terms for year 6 and throughout the holiday periods to allow pupils of all levels to come into school, before and after school hours, Saturday mornings and during holidays for catch up and reinforcement lessons.
    • £6000 to provide opportunity for all pupils to participate in educational visits regardless of family incomes so that pupils are able to experience learning beyond the classroom and relate to the wider world.
    • £10000 to provide resources and training in Maths No Problem (a structured scheme influenced by best practice from Singapore) to support pupils with their mathematical fluency and the use of mathematical knowledge to solve complex problems.
    • £20000 to provide extra curricular clubs and music to develop social skills through participation, enjoyment of the experiences so they are keen to come before/stay later to participate and develop self confidence.
  • £9000 to provide support within lessons which is targeted and links to pre-teaching to prepare pupils for future learning in order to build confidence and give higher level starting points.

Measuring the impact of the funding will be ongoing throughout the academic year.  The monitoring of attainment and progress is part of the formal assessment process which is undertaken every term.  This data collection is used to inform the academy of individual progress and the progress of groups of pupils as measured against their peers, enabling the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.  Progress meetings take place every term and include a member of the Leadership team, teachers, and the Pupil Premium Lead as appropriate.

The academy pupil premium strategy is reviewed throughout the year.  In particular when the performance and progress of all groups of pupils, including Pupil Premium, is interrogated as part of the termly assessment process.  This informs any amendments which are required; an overall review of the year is undertaken in July once all of the national benchmarks and test results have been received.

Previous year – September 2017 to end August 2018

Murrayfield Primary Academy received £181 830 in pupil premium for the period September 2017 to end August 2018. Spending allocations are shown below, together with a brief overview of impact on educational attainment. Further details are available on request.

Amount/on whatImpact
£45233 to provide ReadWrite Inc training, resources and staff to deliver the programme effectively (highly structured phonics, reading, writing and spelling course for YN to Y6).1 to 1 teaching in place and small group teaching to support pupils using a system of “keep up” in place of “catch up”.

Use of the resources and staffing has resulted in the gap between disadvantaged and their peers achieving GLD reducing by 6%, disadvantaged pupils achieving 11% higher than their peers for phonics screening.

Teacher assessments in year 6 for reading and writing indicate there is no significant gap between pupils receiving pupil premium funding and those who do not, with two thirds attaining at least the expected level.
£9233 to provide resources and training in Maths No Problem (a highly structured mathematics scheme of work influenced by best practice from Singapore).Pupils have developed their fluency in mathematics and application of mathematical thinking. This has reduced the gap in years 2 and 5 and resulted in no significant gap in years 3 and 4. Pupils receiving pupil premium funding in year 1 outperform their peers by 16%.
£58981 to provide additional teaching and support staff to enhance the quality of teaching and learning, particularly in EYFS, Y1 and Y6.The quality of teaching has improved with outcomes achieved by pupils in line with those achieved nationally.
£6000 to provide funding for Saturday morning sessions in the spring and summer term for year 6 and throughout the holiday period.Additional classes operated throughout the spring and summer terms, and holiday periods. Over 70% of pupil premium funded pupils attended regularly resulting in their performance at KS2:

Reading pupil premium funded 62% at standard or above verses 50%

Mathematics pupil premium funded 53% at standard or above verses 57%.
£3500 to enable all pupils in year 6 to participate in team building and problem solving activities.All year 6 pupils were able to take part in the activity at Thetford forest.
£2800 to provide funding so that all pupils were able to participate in visits to extend the curriculum, regardless of family income.All trips and educational visits were open to all pupils without parental contribution.
£1658 to provide breakfast club for pupils.Breakfast club is available with 40% of uptake funded through pupil premium funding.
£24725 to provide all pupils with the opportunity to participate in music lessons and the Young Voices event at the O2.All pupils receive music lessons weekly with the opportunity to participate in choir and additional music lessons. All pupils invited to take part in the Young Voices event at the O2.
£4700 to provide early speech and language specialist intervention.Three pupil premium funded pupils receiving support to allow them access to the curriculum.
£25000 to provide pastoral support to families.Reduction in the number of pupils who are absent from school.

Additional support in place to help families and pupils improving access to school and learning.
Last updated September 18, 2018