Pupil Premium Funding

Schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the pupil premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils – Department for Education

The Pupil Premium (PP) is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement. These include pupils who are;

  • entitled to free school meals or have been within the last 6 years
  • looked after by the local authority or adopted
  • children of armed service personnel.

At Damers First School:

  • We aim to ensure that high quality teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils;
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed;
  • In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we acknowledge that not all pupils who receive free school meals (FSM) will be disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals;
  • We ensure that the targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding is determined following a thorough needs analysis of all children.

Key Priorities:

  • Our core aim, when allocating Pupil Premium funding, is to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils so that their performance compares favourably with non-disadvantaged peers. We have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children and we strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference.
  • We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.

Information to be Published for Parents:

Schools are required to publish their PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY.   This should include:

1.   The previous academic year: 2018/2019

  • How the pupil premium allocation was spent
  • The impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils

2.  The current academic year: 2019/2020 

  • The school’s allocation of pupil premium grant
  • Details of the main barriers to educational achievement
  • How the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
  • How the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • The date of the next pupil premium strategy review

Pupil Premium Spending

Outstanding teaching and learning is paramount to the success and progress of all pupils including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This remains a consistent and relentless focus in our school. In addition to this, targeted intervention and support strategies have been deployed in order to:

  • improve levels of attainment and progress
  • close attainment gaps relative to school averages
  • enhance reading, writing, mathematics and communication skills
  • engage children in education, learning, enjoyment and aspiration through comprehensive extra-curricular provision
  • offer pastoral support in the form of social and emotional or family support
  • have a clear focus on all disadvantaged pupils, including those with SEND and more able pupils
  • support pupils in becoming aspirational, confident and successful learners
  • increase parental engagement in children’s learning

How does the school measure the impact of the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Progress meetings are held termly in order to measure the progress of all children within a class and across cohorts. These involve a detailed analysis of progress data which is carried out by the Headteacher, Assessment Leader and the class teacher. As a result of this scrutiny, any vulnerable children are then identified for further follow-up work and this group will include all children in receipt of Pupil Premium. 

The Inclusion Leader then meets with all class teachers half termly to analyse the progress of vulnerable groups enabling early identification of need, support and targeted intervention and a termly tracking of the impact of Pupil Premium spending. This information is then used to inform how the funding will be tailored or specifically allocated over the next phase. 

When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.


The Inclusion Leader produces termly reports for the Governors’ School Improvement Group (SIG) on:

  • The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by class and year group, for disadvantaged pupils
  • An outline of current provision
  • An evaluation of the cost effectiveness and impact of targeted interventions.

The Governors of the school ensure that there is an annual statement to parents and carers on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’ for disadvantaged pupils. This statement is published on the school’s website.

Designated Pupil Premium Lead: Rachel Nesbitt (Assistant Headteacher – Inclusion) 

Governor link for Pupil Premium Funding: Lesley Goldsack

Monitoring the effectiveness and impact of Pupil Premium funding is also a regular item on the Governors’ Finance Committee.

Eligibility for Pupil Premium

A parent may wish to check their child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2).

Eligibility Criteria

Parents/guardians in England are eligible for Pupil Premium / free school meals if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a valuable opportunity for eligible parents to receive even more support for their children in schools.

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don’t want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the headteacher.