Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils who receive Free School Meals and are Looked After Children. The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between pupils from low-income and other disadvantaged families, and their peers. If a pupil has been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After), the school receives an amount per head within their budget. A provision is also made for pupils who have a parent in the armed services.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 disdvantage pupils reaches the pupils who need it most. From September 2012 the Government has required schools to publish online information about how they have used the Pupil Premium. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responisbility. In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive £1320 for each primary aged child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive £1,500 for each looked after child at their school.

School Context

St James CE Primary school is a 1 form entry school with 269 pupils on roll. We serve an area of significant deprivation and our pupils come from a wide range of ethnic minority backgrounds (15 ethnic groups and 31  languages spoken). The majority of our pupils are of white British heritage and we have an increasing number of pupils from Eastern European and African countries arriving in school with little or no English, and no previous schooling. Currently, the percentage of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding is 45% (Spring census 2018), this figure is decreasing year on year, which is another significant barrier. We believe among other factors, this decrease is because many of our families are new to the country and therefore unentitled to Free School Meals and other benefits, and also it has become increasing difficult for families to claim eligibility for Free School Meals under new benefits criteria.


St James CE Primary School is determined that all pupils are given the best possible chance to achieve their full potential through the highest standards of Quality First Teaching, focussed support, curriculum enrichment, and pastoral care. We believe the additional provision delivered through the Pupil Premium funding should be available to all pupils within school who we know to be disadvantaged and vulnerable, irrespective of whether they are eligible for the funding. Indeed, it should be noted, that many of the pupils identified as requiring additional levels of support are not necessarily those who fulfil the FSM eligibility criteria. There is no expectation that all Pupil Premium funded pupils will receive identical support and the allocation of the budget for each pupil feeds into the whole school budget as opposed to being ring fenced. The school considers best ways to allocate Pupil Premium money annually following rigorous data analysis and the careful consideration of the needs of the pupils.


We have a clear, strategic 3-part model approach for Pupil Premium funding provision, which focuses on the following:

  • whole-school strategies that impact on all pupils
  • focussed support to target under-performing pupils
  •  specific support targeting pupil premium pupils

Our determined and committed leadership team and wider staff ensure that Pupil Premium funding and provision impacts achievement, attendance and pastoral care. This includes an identified governor having responsibility for Pupil Premium, the Deputy Head teacher and TLRs responsible for monitoring provision and outcomes, and the wider staff team to implement and evaluate provision. The Deputy Head teacher regularly evaluate pupil premium outcomes compared to other pupils in school to ensure the correct strategies and provision are in place.

For more information on how we have spent our Pupil Premium allocation, please click on the links below to download out annual report.

Planned Spend for Pupil Premium 2017-2018

Total amount of Pupil Premium Funding for 2017/2018 is £158,400.00

For the Academic year 2017/2018 we plan to continue with the provision above with the addition of:
•    ICT provision to be further enhanced throughout the school
•    To fund afternoon intervention with class TAs
•    To provide an additional TA in year 6 to help support teaching and learning
•    To provide an additional Teacher to support KS1 X3 afternoons per week
•    To fund student awards for successful Pupil Premium pupils
•    To provide a wider range of activities to pupils that parents may not be able to fund
•    To provide more support for parents through parent workshops and pastoral care support for identified families
•    To provide new school uniform for those families in need
•    TA to run an after school study support club for 45minutes daily for disadvantaged pupils and targeted pupils
•    To invest in additional sports provision for disadvantaged pupils by using outside providers
•    To target higher achieving disadvantaged pupils


For more information about how the government  allocate funding please click on the link below.