Dairy Meadow Primary and Nursery School

Pupil Premium Report Autumn 2021

What is the Pupil Premium grant?

The Pupil Premium grant is additional funding provided by the government to schools in England. Its aim is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities, and to bring their achievement more in line with their peers. National data shows that as a group, children in these groups have consistently lower educational achievement than those who are not in these groups.

 The children who are eligible for this additional funding are:                                                         

  • children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years                                                                                                                                                           
  • children who are looked after (they are in Local Authority Care)                                                                                                           
  • children adopted from care and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order                                                                                               
  • children recorded as ‘ever 4’ service child or are in receipt of a child pension from the ministry of defence                                                                              

At Dairy Meadow we use Pupil Premium funding to:

  • continue to raise the attainment and progress of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding
  • reduce educational inequality in education for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding 

Financial year 2020-21

Total number of pupils on roll                                    412

Total number of pupils entitled to pupil premium      122

Pupil premium allocation per child                             £1,345

Pupil premium total for financial year 2019-20          £164,090

Use of pupil premium 2020-21

Dairy Meadow supported the academic attainment of children eligible for Pupil Premium funding by investing in their:

  • Personal development
  • Building of cultural capital
  • Academic support
  • Online learning

How this was achieved

  •  Purchase of laptops to support home learning during lockdown and in school
  • ‘Talking Box’ Communication and Language intervention in Early Years delivered by Teaching Assistants
  • NELI Early Literacy intervention programme delivered in Reception by Teaching Assistants
  • Phonics interventions across the school delivered by Teaching Assistants
  • Year 6 English and Maths booster groups delivered by an additional teacher during the school day
  • Additional targeted TA support
  • Subsidised Educational Visits
  • Subsidised Breakfast Club places
  • Buy-in to Skills Builder programme
  • Buy-in to Schools Counselling partnership providing 1:1 play based therapy and group work
  • Buy-in to Bug Club online reading resource
  • Buy-in to Empiribox Science Teaching programme and resources
  • Buy-in to Cornerstones Curriculum package
  • Staff CPD by educational psychologist (emotion coaching, attachment theory) to develop staff skills in supporting vulnerable children
  • Targeted support for vulnerable children including that aimed at promoting punctuality/ attendance


  • Significant investment in technology allowed all children requiring a laptop to be allocated one to support home learning (both during lockdown and for homework when schools reopened fully). Online engagement, including PPG children, was strong.
  • NELI Literacy programme is a DfE-recommended research-based intervention. Communication and Literacy scores fell in Reception this year due to lost learning during lockdown. The intervention programme ameliorated this and the cohort are now making good progress in year 1.
  • Internal test results for year 6 strong.
  • Skills Builder: bought in to the ‘accelerator’ package with additional consultant support. As a result SkB embedded as a high-profile approach across the school.
  • Children can discuss the skills confidently, making links to other curriculum subjects.
  • Attendance of PPG children broadly in line with non-PPG. DMPS 0.3% gap of Ealing 2.3% gap.
  • Learning walks show impact of knowledge-rich non-core curriculum teaching and learning (Cornerstones package)