‘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 free school meals (FSM) and their
wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’ (DFE
Schools are given funding for every student on their roll who is:
- a Looked After Child OR
- is currently able to claim Free School Meals OR
- has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years.
This additional funding has been allocated to every school because national figures show that, on average,this
group does not achieve as well as their peers across the country. This group of students however are able to do
just as well as all other students and the funding is therefore to support schools to address this issue.
How must this money be used?
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. There is no requirement for this money to be spent
on individual students simply because they fall into this category. However, it is expected that the funding
will be used to support, as necessary, students in this group and other lower-income families so that this group
makes the same progress as their peers.
How much funding does the school receive?
Funding is based on the number of eligible students at the school in January and the amount is notified to us
in the Spring term. It is paid in arrears.
The 2019/20 allocation was £113,340.
The 2020/21 allocation was £134,512.
The 2021/22 allocation is approximately £130,000.
How does the school use this funding?
The school recognises that students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding may face barriers to educational
achievement. For example, they may be unable to join extra-curricular trips; they may be unable to purchase ICT
equipment or other additional school equipment they need to support their study at home; they may face
additional pastoral challenges through their school years.
The school uses the additional funding we receive to provide the following support structures for those
students that need additional help in order to achieve success in line with school and national expectations:
- 1-1 and small group intervention in literacy and numeracy
- In class support
- Social skills, self-esteem and other specialised pastoral support programmes
- Additional behaviour and learning support
- Attendance related support structures
- Homework support and independent learning resources
- Purchase of ICT equipment for use in school and on loan
- Financial support for: music tuition; enrichment activities; access to school events such as visits that may
otherwise not be accessible to students due to cost
- Mentoring and advice for students in this group, in order to raise aspirations and remove barriers to
- Careers information, advice, guidance and support
- Close liaison with parents/carers, sharing concerns and celebrating successes
- Uniform grants
In addition, staff have been appointed whose role includes specific responsibilities with respect to this group
of students; their role will include monitoring, tracking and ensuring appropriate intervention as needed as
well as parental liaison.
In 2020-21 we spent some of our Pupil Premium funding as follows:
- c.£1000 on alternative courses for students at GCSE (Plumpton College, MET College and alternative provision
- c.£13500 on literacy support services for students in receipt of PP funding
- c.£4500 for careers guidance
- c.£1000 on trip and uniform contributions
- c.£10500 on pastoral support services
- c.£9000 on initiatives to improve the attendance of students in receipt of pupil premium funding
It is important to note that it should not be assumed that all students eligible for Free School
Meals/Pupil Premium need some or all of this support. There are a number of this group of students in this
school and elsewhere who are making excellent progress already, and who will need minimal support as a
result. It is also the case that the school’s general expectation and support for high levels of
participation (supported financially for this group in a number of areas) and responsibility, would appear to
impact very positively on the development of students this group.
Please see the report here for further information
about the plans for spending and a review of last year and a more detailed plan can be found here.
School objectives for spending the grant
For students eligible for PPG funding and other disadvantaged students to make expected and better progress
academically and to share as fully in school life as all other students.
How does the school measure success?
The school tracks the attendance, progress and behaviour for learning of all students, including students in
this particular group. Success is evidenced by the outcomes for these students which demonstrates that they are
making progress similar to, or in some cases better than, their peers in the school and above average
The school reviews its pupil premium strategy at least annually and the date
of the next review is September 2022.