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The Steiner Academy Frome

  • opened in September 2012 as a Steiner Free School;
  • is a growing all-through school (4 to 16) for children & young people with a current age-range of 4+ to 13+;
  • understands the educational process as an integrated blend of academic learning, arts  crafts, outdoor learning, foreign languages, movement and music, ethics & spirituality;
  • has 285 pupils on roll, from 4 to 13 years of age;
  • has 22 (7.7%) children who are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding (PPF) in 2015-16.

 The purpose of Pupil Premium Funding

  1. To narrow the disadvantage gap by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment of those students entitled to the PPF;
  2. To raise the self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to PPF through curricular, pastoral and extra-curricular support;

SAF recognises that not all pupils who qualify for PPF are socially or educationally disadvantaged and not all socially or educationally disadvantaged pupils qualify for, or are registered for, FSM. We will focus on the needs and levels of progress of all pupils.

Children in receipt of PPF will not be isolated socially, academically or in any other way and so they will work alongside their peers not in receipt of PPF.

How PPF is used:

How PPF is used:

Through targeted additional support strategies resulting in every child, however financially disadvantaged, being able to:

  • have full access to our curriculum;
  • improve self-esteem;
  • improve levels of attainment and progress;
  • close attainment gaps;
  • access extra-curricular provision.


a)    to maintain a clear and consistent view of the purpose and core aims of the PPF initiative;

b)   to develop a coherent and practical response to the provision and allocation of PPF.

As a school with a low proportion of pupils in receipt of PPF, we recognise that allocation is likely to be individual in most cases, as the pupils will not fall into broadly—identifiable groups.

c)    to conduct an audit of the particular needs of children in receipt of PPF, surveying EY teachers, Class teachers, VP and SENCo;

d)   to establish a framework of broad areas of need, encompassing learning/basic skills; social and emotional; sensory and physical; self-esteem; cultural and financially inclusive (e.g. trips);

e)    to design and maintain profiles of PPF pupils, tracking attendance, progress in learning and their achievements.

2015-16 Pupil Premium Funding Evaluation and Impact

For the 2015-16 school year, SAF received a total of £21,330 to support the qualifying pupils. These comprised 20 Ever 6 FSM pupils, 1 post-LAC pupils and 1 Ever 4 Service pupil.

The average amount distributed per pupil was £969.54

The largest item on the budget was TA allocation at 46.55% of budget. Yet this was down from the 69.8% the previous year. In line with a review of all TA allocation across the school, the aim was to provide more targeted and specialist boosting, and this will continue into 2016-17

At the start of the school year, we predicted that we would need to spend about 15% of the PPF budget on individual music lessons. We knew that the case for this provision is well-established, and that parents  frequently ask for their childrens’ PPF to be used for these lessons as a matter of social equity. In fact, we spent a little more: 17.15% of budget.

Specialist movement therapy for a small number of pupils was effective in meeting their needs, but necessarily expensive. Here, the principle that the funding follows the pupil was particularly evident. (18.1% of budget).

Allocation of funds for materials quadrupled, reflecting both curriculum needs where assessment indicated particular pupils in receipt would benefit from more body-based learning and also parental requests for trip or school-specific equipment (e.g. waterproofs in younger classes, walking boots for a trip to Hadrian’s Wall in older classes).

We also predicted that inclusion in trips would use more budget. As extra-curricular clubs and activities have grown in scope, so too has the request for access.

A new area for allocation has been to provide a nutritious snack at morning break. A number of pupils have access to this plan, and the feedback from teachers suggests that it is worth continuing with a trial of this provision.

Summary of Spending by Priority

  1. Teaching Assistant support: £9,930.10 (46.55% of budget)
  2. Specialist consultation, inputs, and remedial/therapeutic lessons: £3873.65 (18.1% of budget)
  3. Inclusion in trips: £1418.10 (6.65% of budget)
  4. Educational materials: £1383.43 (6.49% of budget)
  5. Staff training: £0 (0% of budget)
  6. Nutrition: £464.60 (2.18% of budget)
  7. Music lessons: £3657.97 (17.15% of budget)
  8. Participation in extra-curricular activities: £602.15 (2.82% of budget)

The total distributed  was £21,330

Attendance Outcomes for PPF pupils in 2015-16

Attendance of whole school: 95.18%

Attendance of PPF pupils: 95.38% - a positive gap.

There were two pupils with high needs/chronic and long-term health problems and attendance substantially below 90%.

Exclusions 2015-16

No children in receipt of PPF were subject to fixed-term exclusions.

SEN Register

12 pupils in receipt of PPF in 2015-16 were on the SEN register

Sharing progress information with parents

Class Teachers hold one-to-one meetings with parents once or twice a year, and at need. The whole child is discussed in depth at this point, including progress across the entire curriculum. Termly parent evenings take place where pupil work is set out for consideration and educational progress is presented and discussed generally by the class parents. Individual parent consultations can happen at need or are planned into the course of the year. Written reports are presented to parents in the summer term. Parents have input as to some of the allocation, and the element of parental choice will increase as the extra-curricular offer increases with the growth of the school.


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Park Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1EU
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