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North Walsham Junior,Infant School and Nursery Federation

Pupil Premium

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals in mainstream settings, children of Service Families and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support their pupils from low-income families.

We have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure. We believe there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution so it’s essential that we accurately identify the individual barriers to learning for each child so we can plan personalised, targeted support and challenges to help every child to flourish. 

North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery prioritise the use of the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) to support:

  • Free School Meal pupils who are under-achieving
  • Free School Meal pupils who are in danger of underachieving
  • Children who are or who have been 'Looked After'
  • Pupils from Service Families

Date of the most recent PPG Review: August 2018                     Date for next PPG Review: April 2019


Main barriers to educational achievement:

Oral language skills in Nursery and Reception and also in all other year groups

Many of our PP children have poor oral language skills which can affect their progress in all areas of the curriculum

Lack of regular reading opportunities out of school

Many of our PP families do not have the inclination or the skills to read regularly with the children which affects the development of their reading skills

Lack of regular maths learning opportunities out of school

Many of our PP families do not have the inclination or the skills to access or practise number/maths activities regularly with the children which affects the development of their maths skills.


Attendance & Punctuality

Although attendance for PP children has improved we need to maintain the improvement as poor attendance reduces the children’s access to teaching and learning

Lack of exposure to new experiences and low aspirations

Many of our children do not get the chance to access experiences outside home or school which develop their learning and their social skills. External visits and visitors to the school; extra-curricular activities are key to developing those opportunities


Regular monitoring by senior staff ensures that the impact of spending is tracked closely so that any differences between disadvantaged pupils’ achievements and others who are not disadvantaged, will diminish over time. Monitoring and evaluations by Governors ensure all staff are focused on reducing differences in achievement between groups of pupils.

We will continue to prioritise this area in both schools and have undertaken a comprehensive review of spending and impact in order to ensure good value for money in our decision-making. There remains still more work to do in this priority area.

In both schools we have some special intervention groups (Nurture groups) to support the specific needs that our children may have, such as 1-1 work on speech and language programmes, social skills development work and learning to recognise and manage their feelings. These groups are timetabled for children to use according to the learning targets identified for them by teachers.

In addition, funding is used to target individual learning needs identified by staff and a highly-focused provision map of activities is used to determine what will make the most impact on those children requiring support, through carefully timetabled support.This provision also includes after school clubs, which are free.

The document below shows in greater detail how we are spending our PPG this academic year. 

Whilst there still exist some differences between the attainment levels of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils, over time these vary. Each year group is tracked and monitored closely and any differences in comparison to non-disadvantaged pupils nationally are investigated. Actions to address variances are planned, implemented and evaluated for their impact.

For the financial year 2018-19, NWIS  received £92,960 and NWJS received £135,800 (both of these figures are subject to adjustment)