Mowlem Primary

Mowlem Primary School

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Pupil Premium

What is the pupil premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium was introduced in April 2011. The funding is provided in addition to the school’s main funding and is intended to help disadvantaged pupils to ‘close the gap’ and raise attainment and improve progress.

Children who are eligible include:

  • Pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years;
  • Pupils who have been looked after continuously for more than six months;
  • Children of armed services personnel.

In the 2017-18 financial year, schools will receive:

  • £1,320 for each primary-aged pupil who is eligible for the funding.
  • £1,900 for Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
  • £1,900 for children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • £300 for children recorded as Ever 5 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
In 2017-2018 Mowlem will receive £145,468 in pupil premium funding.

How many pupils at Mowlem are eligible for the pupil premium?

Currently 110 pupils at Mowlem are eligible for the pupil premium.

Applying for Free School Meals

Mowlem has all pupils at the heart of all we do and the centre of the school vision and seeks to ensure all pupils have: experienced an engaging, creative, relevant and challenging curriculum which has enabled then to develop the skills needed to be lifelong learners; and have had opportunities to explore, discover and develop interests, skills and talents they didn’t know they had. This is achieved through various funding sources, including the pupil premium. It is therefore very important that parents apply/renew their applications for FSM.

For further information on applying for Free School Meals in Tower Hamlets please click HERE

If you are unsure if you are eligible or would like any support please come in to the school. We are able to check your eligibility and support you in completing the necessary application forms.

 An online application form for Free School Meals in Tower Hamlets is available HERE

How will the impact of the spending of pupil premium be measured?

To monitor the progress and attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the pupil premium. DfE performance tables can be accessed by clicking HERE.

At Mowlem we will continue to use our cycle of data collection, tracking and monitoring of pupil’s attainment and progress to inform pupil progress and enable early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.

The named Pupil Premium Governors are: Diane Roome and Hasina Rahman. 

The Governors’ pupil premium policy can be accessed by clicking Pupil Premium Policy

In 2016/17 the school received £147,840 in pupil premium funding.

How we spent our pupil premium funding:


1. Effective intervention classes and 1-2-1 tuition to improve achievement in English and mathematics


Implementation of a range of evidence based interventions targeted at children’s specific needs

English: Early Words, ELS, Catch up Reading, Push Start

Maths: 1stClass@Number1, 2 Success@ arithmetic

Phonics & early reading

Targeted one to one and small group speech and language therapy and introduction of ‘speech bubbles’ programme

Speech & language therapy SLA with therapist on site 1 day per week and training for TAs to continue to deliver

Speech bubbles (drama Y1 & Y2)

Further development of reading comprehension approaches to improve reading focused on learners’ understanding of the text 

Whole school professional development

Targeted teaching in upper KS2 to enable increased feedback on learning, adapted teaching styles and more flexibility in organisation of learning to meet needs

Additional Y6 teachers (HT/DH teach En & Ma)

Y5 teacher targets groups ½ day per week

2.       Teaching Assistants impact on raising standards


Sustained professional development (alongside class teachers) to ensure high quality feedback on learning impacts on raising achievement

Marking & feedback on learning training for all staff (TAs alongside teachers)

High quality professional development for TAs that mirrors that for teachers so staff work effective together to further raise the quality of teaching, leading to increases in attainment. Training to deliver one to one and small group support

Regular TA training

Weekly year group/phase planning meetings & professional development sessions on Thursdays for all staff

3.       Minimising barriers to learning and achievement


Active engagement of parents in supporting their children’s learning

School based Social Worker 1 day per week

Parental involvement SLA: workshops and courses

 Interventions which target social and emotional learning

Counselling service based in school 1 day per week


Cherry Trees outreach team

Interventions to improve attainment by reducing challenging behaviour through specialised programmes and Learning Mentor support

Learning Mentors (see detailed action plan for LM team)

4.       Meeting individuals’ particular needs


Outdoor adventure learning as intensive block experience run in a specialist centre

Stubbers residential trip – subsidies for children to ensure they are able to attend

Provision of artistic, sporting and creative extra-curricular activities, such as dance, drama, music

Breakfast club (subsidised places)

After school clubs 4 days per week

5.       Active involvement of Governors


6.       Monitoring & evaluation of the impact of spending


Total pupil premium expenditure:


Provisional results show that the targeted use of pupil premium funding has had a significant impact on raising achievement and ensuring that by the time pupils leave us they are ready for the next stage in their education at Secondary school.

Once final results are published they will show that:

  • 93% of children achieved the expected standard in the combined measure of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. (93% in mathematics, 93% in reading and 93% in writing)
  • 26% of children achieved the higher standard in the combined measure of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. (59% in reading, 33% in writing, and 56% in mathematics) 
  • For pupil premium children, the % of children who achieved the expected standard is 95% in reading, 95% in writing and 95% in mathematics

We will publish as full report on the impact of pupil premium funding, including national progress data, when national data is released in late October.

Please click HERE to read the summary of the impact of Pupil Premium spending in 2016-2017.

Details of our key objectives, key expenditure and the impact of the spending on raising attainment and accelerating progress can be found below:

Please click HERE to read our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2017-2018.

We will publish as full report on the impact of pupil premium funding when national data is released in late October.

Details of our key objectives, key expenditure and the impact of the spending on raising attainment and accelerating progress can be found below:

Pupil Premium Strategy 2016/2017

Pupil Premium Action Plan 2015/2016

Pupil Premium Action Plan 2014/2015

Pupil Premium Action Plan 2013/2014

Pupil Premium Action Plan 2012/2013

Pupil Premium Expenditure Report to Parents 2014/2015

Pupil Premium Expenditure Report to Parents 2013/2014

Pupil Premium Expenditure Report to Parents 2012/2013

Pupil Premium Expenditure Report to Parents 2011/2012