Pupil Premium

What is it?

The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools to boost the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on the number of children registered for free school meals (FSM), service children and children that have been looked after by the Local Authority for more than six months. Find out more about the Pupil Premium

Why was it introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and those children who are not by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools are able to decide what to spend Pupil Premium money on, however they will be held accountable for how this money has been used to support pupils from low income families, eligible for FSM.

Nationally, the total Pupil Premium funding has increased from £625 million in 2011-12 to £1.25 billion in 2012-13. It will rise again in 2014-15 to £2.5 billion. Each child, eligible for pupil premium in a primary school is allocated approximately £1300. This does little to provide for the specific needs of any individual child. As a lump sum, combined with much larger sums from the main school budget, we are able to provide many additional opportunities for the children at Arnold View Primary School.

Amount of Pupil Premium funding at Arnold View:

April 2013 to March 2014 - £60,300.
April 2014 to March 2015 - £89,700. (The percentage of pupil premium pupils eligible for funding was 24%, with 13.4% known to be eligible for free school meals in the financial year)
April 2015 - March 2016 - £91,080 (In addition: Service Children: £1,200 + Post adopted £9,500) Total: £101,780 (69 pupils)
April 2016 to March 2017 - £94,432 ( Including: Service Children: £600   Pupil Premium plus £13,300  Early Years £612) (61 full time pupils + 6 EYPP)
April 2017 to March 2018 - £83,120 (57 children)

How we spend our pupil premium funding at Arnold View Primary school:

Impact of the Pupil Premium:

    • More effective tracking systems and interventions in place to monitor progress, attainment and opportunities for PP pupils. Champion to oversee provision for PP children.
    • High quality reading material has increased enjoyment and consistency of reading across the school.
    • Increased learning opportunities, at home, using ICT programs linked to learning in school. 
    • Increase in confidence in reading, for identified children, accessing ‘Switch on Reading’ intervention.
    • A positive experience due to issues being explored and early intervention provided, resulting in increased confidence.
    • Increased confidence, in maths lessons, through targeted maths support and interventions.
    • Emotional well being, of identified pupils being supported, which has resulted in better engagement in lessons and fewer behavioural incidents.
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* Please note, caution should be taken when comparing small cohort sizes 
** At the end of Key Stage 2, pupils aged 11, are expected to achieve at least Level 4. 

Pupil Premium includes children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. These are known as Ever 6 children.