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Pupil Premium

At Eastlands Primary School we are committed to promoting the progress and attainment of all children, whatever their backgrounds.

What is Pupil Premium funding?

Local authority-maintained  schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
    • for example, poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence, and issues with attendance and punctuality
  • and often do not perform as well as their peers

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve. 

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools with pupils on roll that are:-

  • currently entitled to free school meals
  • known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years 
  • children who have been looked after continuously, for more than six months;
  • children who have been previously in care who have been adopted or who have a special guardianship order.
  • children looked after by the local authority 
  • or that are children of service personnel.

Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.

Tiered approach

Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas below but focusing on teaching quality - investing in learning and development for teachers.

Read the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) pupil premium guide for information about the tiered approach to spending.

High Quality Teaching

Schools arrange training and professional development for all the their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.

Targeted Academic support

Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.

Wider strategies

This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium to:-

  • address behaviour or social and emotional needs
  • increase pupils’ confidence and resilience
  • encourage pupils to be more aspirational
  • benefit non-eligible pupils

Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils, and schools are not required to spend all of their allocated grant on eligible pupils (see ‘Non-eligible pupils’).

(Taken from the DFE website) 

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