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Pupil Premium Funding

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium grant was introduced in April 2011 to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.  Funding is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been registered as eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years, or who have been in care (Looked After) for 6 months or longer.  A premium has also been introducted for pupils whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. 


Who is Eligible for Pupil Premium?

Pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding include those who come from families where parents / carers receive the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less);
  • Income Support;
  • Income based Job Seekers allowance;
  • Income reltated 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 that you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual gross income does not exceed £16,190.00;
  • Pupils whose parents / carers are in the armed forces or receiving an armed forces pension.

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Common barriers for disadvantaged pupils can be:

  • Less support at home;
  • Weak language and communication skills;
  • lack of confidence;
  • Frequent behaviour difficulties;
  • Attendance and punctuality issues.

There may also be complex family situations that prevent pupils from flourishing.  The challenges are varied and there is no 'one size fits all'.

Our key objective in using Pupil Premium funding is to narrow the gap between pupil groups.

As a school, we have a good track record of ensuring that pupils make progress.  Through targeted interventions we are working to eliminate barriers to learning and progress.  For pupils who start school with low attainment on entry, our aim is to ensure that they make accelerated progress in order to reach age-related expectations or above as they move through the school. 

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