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What is the Pupil Premium?


Introduced in 2011, the ‘Pupil Premium’ is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. It is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.


Schools are given pupil premium funding for:

  • Children who have qualified for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1320 for each of these children.

  • Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day (adoption, special guardianship order, child arrangement order/residence order). These children are awarded a premium of £2300.

  • Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence. They are awarded £300.


In March 2018 the Government announced that free school meals would only be available to children in KS2 (Years 3-6) whose families have a net income of £7400 or under, effective from 1 April 2018. Children previously entitled to free school meals but no longer eligible, will still receive pupil premium based on the 'Ever 6' qualification (a pupil who has ever had free school meals in the past six years).


Prior to April 2018, children qualified for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if parents received any of the following benefits:

  • Income support

  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance

  • Income-related employment and support allowance

  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit

  • Child tax credit, provided parents are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less.


These benefits have now been rolled into a single benefit, called Universal Credit. From April 2018, free school meals and pupil premium will only be allocated to pupils with a family income under £7400 (net) per year.


Since September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 have qualified for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would qualify for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium


Use of the Funding


Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.


Common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium funding include:

  • Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.

  • Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.

  • Funding educational trips and visits.


However, because there is such variation in this group; with some achieving at expected levels, some exceeding them, different strengths and weaknesses - the core purpose of pupil premium funding should be around the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom.


There is no obligation for a school to consult parents about how they use the money. However, schools do have to show that they are using their pupil premium fund appropriately.


In 2017/18 the school received £82,540. 


For the current academic year 2018/9, £82,668 is anticipated.


The school accurately tracks the achievement of ALL children and this on the whole, has had a positive impact for ALL children including those identified as disadvantaged/receiving pupil premium funding. 


We have a robust system to monitor pupil progress and ensure that, where individual and groups of children are not making sufficient progress, interventions are put in place to support improvement.


We work hard to ensure that ALL children achieve well and fulfil their full potential. Our aim is to reduce the attainment gap between the Pupil Premium group and other children in the same year group and ensure progress for ALL. 




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