What is ‘Pupil Premium’?
Pupil Premium (PP) funding is an additional sum allocated to schools by the government in
addition to the main school budget. It is awarded on the basis of the number of children
eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) either currently or at any time in the past 6 years. The
funding is seen as a way to address the learning of children identified as vulnerable to
underachieving, to support initiatives to ensure that these pupils fulfill their full potential.
Looked After children also receive a premium. From 2012, Service children (those who have
or had a parent from an Armed Forces background in the past 3 years) receive a smaller
‘The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional
provision their pupils need.’
Department for Education website, July 2014
As you can see, schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium grant as they see fit. However
we are held accountable for how we have used the funding and the impact this has had on
the achievement and progress of identified pupils.
The school serves a community with high levels of social deprivation – within the top 5%
nationally. A large number of our children are entitled to Pupil Premium and we aim to use
this to provide opportunities for these children which enable them to achieve their potential.
The key objectives for pupil premium children are;
to raise aspirations,
improve life chances.
When planning Pupil Premium spending the school aims to ensure it closely matches the
needs of our pupil premium children. These needs are varied and there is no ‘one size fits
all’ approach so the school considers the range of needs and plans to address these.
Regular reviews of impact ensure that provision changes to meet the needs of pupil
premium children across the school.