The Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a fund which is outside the main school funding formula

Schools receive Pupil Premium funding for:

  • children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • children who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years
  • children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months by someone other than their family.

The government has provided this funding to help raise attainment for these children. National data shows that children who have been eligible for FSM at any point in time have sadly lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM. A Service Premium is also available for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This is designed to support the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. Schools decide how the Pupil Premium  is spent, but this funding should be primarily used to support these children.

Many of our families fall just outside the parameters of this benefit and as a result suffer additional hardship. It is stated by the Government that pupil premium children underperform as a result of the poverty they are in. It is also suggested they also are often linked to SEN and therefore the premium will also support these needs. Our pupil premium weighting is low despite other poverty measure indicators  (Such as IDACI) we clearly have parents with very low income and therefore properly described as in a similar state of deprivation after covering their household costs within a limited budget.

If we use the figures on deprivation factors from the IDACI survey we get a much wider picture of the challenges our parents face. It is based on deprivation bands, defined by a range of indicators. It provides a wider picture than free school meals but is not used in any way for funding the pupil premium.



BP %

Band 1: Most deprived 20%

Pupil Premium Pupils

11 45.3 5.8
Band 2: 20-40% 140 22.9 41.2
Band 3: 40-60% 27 12.2 12.6
Band 4: 60-80% 11 8.1 11.3
Band 5: Least Deprived 20% 93 9.1 28.6
Unknown 2 2.5 0.5

The pupil premium is used to support a range of programs taught by teachers and teaching assistants. This includes national programs and in house target groups aimed at specific children and groups to raise their achievement. Actual costs for teachers and teaching assistants depend on what is included in this figure. We employ additional teachers to work with groups and some specific teaching assistants trained to support specific areas.

The range of support for Pupil Premium children also includes other elements which are funded by the schools overall budget:

  • We have provided a breakfast club before the start of the school day, to support children and their families.
  • We have provided grants to enable children to participate in school journeys and trips
  • Our SENCO/intervention team have provided a wide range of additional support, where children require specific provision in order to achieve their potential. We have funded additional target and group teachers from the main budget as well as the pupil premium. We have bought in support from external agencies in order to meet specific children’s needs.  We run two further literacy groups before school as well.

We use the Target Tracker Data Programme to Monitor the progress of our children. Over each year group children if they are to achieve National Standard by Year 6 should move 6 points each year except in Year 1. 

A detailed explanation of our Pupil Premium can be downloaded here; PP report 2020