The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their peers.
Is your child eligible?
Schools are given a pupil premium for:
- Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years.
- Children who have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day.
- Service Children
How much funding does a school receive?
Each school received £1320 for FSM children, £1900 for children who are looked after.
How is it spent?
Pupil Premium money helps us to ensure that no child is disadvantaged. We carefully base our spending on the needs of all our children and use the Pupil Premium money to close attainment gaps as well as supporting the social and emotional well-being of our children. This includes:
- Ensure that continued professional development enables all staff to meet the needs of the children.
- Deploy additional teaching and support staff to provide targeted support.
- Improve assessment and tracking systems so that a quick and clear analysis of progress can be made.
- Using tools such as pre-teach to prepare children for the learning ahead.
- Improve resources with a particular focus on Reading and Maths.
- Employ external agency staff that have specific skills that can support staff and pupils.
- Running a school breakfast club to support and enhance overall attendance.
- Supporting with Music tuition.
- Supporting with the funding of educational trips and visits.
- Enrichment and Engagement opportunities - Forest Schools.
- Investing in resources to boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.
Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its pupil premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional support staff to work across the whole class, rather than providing targeted support. But research shows that the fund does help to narrow gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers, particularly in English and Maths.
A Summary of the Pupil Premium Strategy Plan 2020-2023