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Pupil Premium

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 disadvantage 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 responsibility. In the 2020 – 2021 financial year, schools will receive £1345 for each primary aged child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive £2,300 for each looked after child at their school.

School Context

St James CE Primary School is a two form entry multicultural primary school. In autumn 2018, the school expanded with a brand new £3 million junior block and is now fully two form entry. It is a fully inclusive school with a clear approach to meeting the needs of all pupils, regardless of their individual needs. St James ensures that each child achieves their best and becomes a confident individual living a fulfilling life. St James CE Primary School has also been commissioned by Manchester Local Authority to have a specialist resourced mainstream provision unit for up to seven children who have a statement or Education, Health and care plan for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and/or Specific Language Impairments (SLI).

We serve an area of significant deprivation and our pupils come from a wide range of ethnic minority backgrounds (23 ethnic groups and 32 languages spoken). We have an increasing number of pupils from Eastern European and African countries arriving in school with little or no English – 30% of our pupils have English as an additional language – and no previous schooling.

We believe that there are several factors which impact on our pupil premium figure. Many of our families are new to the country and therefore not entitled to Free School Meals and other benefits. In addition it has become increasing difficult for families to claim eligibility for Free School Meals under new benefits criteria. Therefore in reality, the pupil premium figure is higher than the 60% that our data indicates.


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, focused 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
  • focused 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 evaluates 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


Total amount of Pupil Premium Funding for 2020/2021 is £232,320

For the Academic year 2020-2021 we plan to continue with the provision above with the addition of:

  • To fund afternoon intervention with class TAs
  • To provide an additional Teacher in year 6 to help support teaching and learning
  • To provide an additional Teacher to support KS1 X5 mornings per week
  • To provide a wider range of activities to pupils that parents may not be able to fund
  • To further improve outcomes for children with speech, language and communication difficulties through early identification, intervention and specialist input:
  • Wellcomm to run across Nursery and Reception; every child screened and grouped and will receive intervention
  • Speech and language therapist time purchased to provide direct intervention for children as well as development of staff.
  • Talkboost intervention in KS1
  • Speech an language groups in KS2
  • Training for 4 members of staff to receive speech and language therapy training so that teachers and teaching assistants are equipped in the delivery of high quality speech and language strategies through quality first teaching.
  • Increase awareness of Developmental Language Disorder and provide training opportunities for staff to develop good practices through whole class teaching.
  • Children in Y2 identified requiring resit of phonics screening will receive intervention.
  • Additional non-class based lead in KS1 and KS2 to deliver interventions and provide behaviour support.
  • Parental engagement:
  • To provide more support for parents through parent workshops and pastoral care support for identified families
  • To provide opportunities for parents to engage in their children’s learning through school events and activities
  • Opportunities for parents to attend sessions designed to develop their understanding of the curriculum and teaching and learning strategies.
  • To provide new school uniform for those families in need
  • To provide a wider range of activities to pupils that parents may not be able to fund: mini bus and extracurricular experiences
  • To target higher achieving disadvantaged pupils in KS2

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