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Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged performance 

Pupil Premium

In April 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium. This is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.

This additional funding is allocated to schools for the benefit of children from low-income families who are registered for free school meals (FSM), for children who have been ‘looked after’ (LAC) for more than six months and for children from families in the armed forces (SC). In April 2012, the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. It applies to all eligible children between Reception class and Y11.

School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.

Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.

1. Teaching

Investing in high-quality teaching, for example:

·         training and professional development for teachers

·         recruitment and retention

·         support for teachers early in their careers

2. Targeted academic support

Additional support for some pupils focussed on their specific needs, for example:

·         one-to-one tuition

·         small group tuition

·         speech and language therapy

3. Wider approaches

Support for non-academic issues that impact success in school, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional challenges. For example:

·         school breakfast clubs

·         counselling to support emotional health and wellbeing

·         help with the cost of educational trips or visits


The Pupil Premium Grant for 2021-22 is £955 per eligible FSM pupil.

·         The Pupil Premium Grant for 2021-22 is £2345 per eligible adopted from care pupil.

·         The Service Premium grant for 2021- 2022 is £310 per eligible service pupil.

The figures in the Pupil Premium Report below includes all of these elements.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2022 - 2025

Date of next strategy review for Pupil premium is July 2022.