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The Pupil Premium is a government initiative which targets extra money towards pupils from deprived backgrounds. Pupil premium is allocated for children who receive free school meals (FSM) and is intended to help close the gap in attainment between FSM and non-FSM Students, as well as supporting the social and emotional well-being of our children.

Funding rates for financial year 2023-24

This table shows how the pupil premium grant is allocated to schools and local authorities in financial year 2023-24, based on per pupil rates.

Pupil eligibility criteria Amount of funding for each primary-aged pupil per year Amount of funding for each secondary-aged pupil per year Funding is paid to
Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years £1,455 £1,035 School


Pupils previously looked after by a local authority or other state care £2,530 £2,530 School


Children who are looked after by the local authority £2,530 £2,530 Local authority


The government has permanently extended free school meal (FSM) eligibility to include children in all households with NRPF. These pupils should now be recorded as FSM eligible in the school census and their pupil premium eligibility will follow on from that automatically.

There is separate guidance on providing free school meals to families with NRPF.

From 1 April 2023, pupil premium eligibility for pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care will include children adopted from state care or equivalent from outside England and Wales.

Funding for looked-after children will be paid to the local authority and should be managed by the virtual school head in consultation with the child’s school.

The pupil premium allocations and conditions of grant for financial year 2023-24 provide further information.

Pupil premium spending

We plan to spend the pupil premium on the following:

  • Curriculum resources to support learning
  • Curriculum enrichment opportunities
  • Targeted intervention groups
  • Attendance support
  • Staff training to support pupils with their SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health)
  • Financial support for parents with uniform and meals
  • Wrap-around care through PE clubs before and after school

How we measure impact?

Pupil premium children are identified at the beginning of the school year or when they arrive as a new pupil. Class teachers, phase leads, the SENCo and the Inclusion Team work together, along with the Senior Leadership Team, to map out what the school can do to enhance their learning journey through the school year and beyond. This is monitored every 2 terms with both formation and summative assessment information, which is also shared with parent/carers during parent/carer meetings. At the end of the school year interventions culminate in a final data drop, informing teachers, teaching assistants and the Senior Leadership Team about the success of this additional support and the best step forward for the children in the year ahead.

The effectiveness of the interventions funded by Pupil Premium is looked at in detail and actions are drawn up to help accelerate progress. This cycle ensures that children receiving Pupil Premium are carefully monitored so that the funding can be effective.

Recovery Premium Funding

The recovery premium grant is part of the government’s package of funding to support pupils whose education has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

It is a time-limited grant providing over £300m of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year and £1bn across the 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 academic years.

It is focused on pupil premium eligible pupils and pupils in specialist settings such as special schools, special units and pupil referral units (PRUs). This is because of the additional impact of the pandemic on these students.

However, schools can use it to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting any pupil based on an assessment of individual need.

For analysis of how we spent 2021-2022 funding and the 2022-2023 strategy please view the report below.

Pupil Premium DFE Strategy 2023-2024

Pupil Premium Strategy 2022-2023




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