Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets additional funding at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to narrow the gap between these pupils.

At Northern Counties School we have chosen to use pupil premium funding to benefit our pupils in line with their own individual areas of need as identified within their Education, Health and Care Plans.

We continue to experience considerable difficulties in receiving any of the allocated amount for each eligible pupil from Local Authorities. Despite this, as a matter of principle we that the needs of our pupils are fully net and have allocated funds to ensure that no pupil experiences disadvantage as a result of not receiving additional funding.

Our   Pupil Premium Strategy for September 2021 – July 2024 is above. In it we have are focusing on 7 key challenges:

  1. Cognition and learning: academic attainment
  2. Communication skills: receptive, expressive and social communication skills
  3. Wellbeing: happiness and emotional regulation
  4. Personal development and behaviour: attendance, positive behaviour support, including capable environments
  5. Independence skills: functionality in the activities of daily living
  6. Physical and sensory: movement, mobility and medical care needs
  7. Parental engagement: support parents and carers to develop skills and access resources that will help pupils to achieve their EHCP outcomes

Throughout the past five years Northern Counties School has used pupil premium to promote pupils’ learning in a wide range of ways:


  • A second magic carpet – as below
  • Side by side trike – to promote emotional regulation
  • TEACHH drawers to promote independence
  • Training – Deaf studies, vocabulary development in early years, understanding stress and anxiety in autism and assessment for all
  • Signs to promote choices and communication in playgrounds
  • Motivational and sensory regulating toys and resources
  • Items to promote independence in personal care
  • Resources to promote fine and gross motor skills
  • Adaptations to a pupil’s work room


  • Magic carpet mobile interactive projector to promote the understanding of cause and effect, social interaction, communication and physical skills
  • Science, numeracy and literacy resources
  • Sensory toys and activities
  • Sensory seating
  • Early years play resources
  • Staff training in vocabulary development in early years Deaf children, core language development and understanding stress and anxiety in autism and the impact on pupil’s behaviour
  • TEACHH resources to promote children with ASD’s independence
  • Electric tricycle to promote self-regulation
  • Deaf studies curriculum materials
  • Equipment to promote life skills
  • Lexia online writing programme


  • Music therapy to support early communication skills
  • Sensory activities to help child remain in a regulated state
  • Specialist clothing and bedding
  • IT equipment – laptop, iPad communication aids
  • Off site learning at a local college to prepare for adult life
  • Resources to promote independence in the activities of daily living


  • Training to support pupils’ mental health and wellbeing
  • Specialist seating
  • An iPad, accessories and software for use as a communication aid
  • Ball pool and other sensory integration equipment
  • Music therapy to support early communication skills
  • TEACHH busy boxes and other teaching resources to support pupils with ASD


  • Community visits to support autistic and deaf students’ independence and social skills
  • A mobility and habilitation expert  and Braille labelling to support blind students’ independence
  • Creation of a ‘calm’ zone for a blind and autistic student
  • Purchase of Eye Gaze software to support PMLD pupils’ communication
  • Purchase of sensory equipment to support autistic students’ emotional regulation
  • Introduction of the ‘Talkabout programme for teenagers to support behaviour
  • A touch screen laptop for a student with multi-sensory impairment

Please click on the link below to look at the impact of pupil premium on pupil achievement. Please note that due to COVID-19, the last year for which we have full year assessment data is 2018-19

Pupil premium data 2016-17

Pupil premium data 2017-18