Pupil Premium Grant

What is the Pupil Premium? The National Picture

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Age Related Expectations in Maths and English as other 11 year olds.

Where does the money come from?

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.

“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)

The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent. 

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Pupil Premium at Bradfield Dungworth Primary School

At Bradfield Dungworth Primary School, we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress. We track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves their potential. We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background. Children are familiar with working in groups of different sizes, at different times of the day, with different adults. Children of all abilities have the opportunity to work on a 1:1 basis or in a small group with an adult. Within this type of organisation, we do give children extra support when they need it.

The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do – to monitor children’s progress and to give additional support when required. Children are certainly not singled out or stigmatised for getting some extra attention and we would never label a child in front of other children for receiving free school meals or being in care.

Performance of disadvantaged pupils at the end of KS2

Due to the small numbers within school, this information is not displayed on our website. Please see the Headteacher for further information

How we spent our money in 2022-23:

  • 1 to 1 support and small group tuition
  • Subsidy for educational visits and residentials
  • Fully subsidised in school/ after school club for sports and arts including music tuition
  • Subsidised breakfast club places to improve attendance and punctuality
  • Training for teachers in spaced practice to embed concepts in long term memory, vocabulary and developing cultural capital
  • Conflict resolution and peer mediation training for KS2 pupils
  • Further developing a reading for pleasure culture across school
  • Developing teachers' skills in delivering a curriculum that allows pupils to work at greater depth across all subjects