Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in 2011.  It is essentially additional funding for schools to support those children who may be disadvantaged and meet the following criteria:

  • they are entitled to or have been entitled to Free School Meals;
  • they are Looked-After by a Local Authority (CLA – Children Looked After);
  • they have been adopted;
  • they have a parent in the armed services.

There is national evidence to suggest that pupils in these categories do not do as well or make as much progress at school as their peers.  This is not true of all pupils but is a general finding across the country.  The Pupil Premium funding aims to support schools so that disadvantaged pupils:

  • have the same opportunities as their peers
  • can take part in all aspects of the school curriculum
  • can take part in the wider life and curriculum of the school
  • are supported to do well at school and make good progress in all subject areas




The more pupils a school has in these categories, the more pupil premium funding they receive.  In 2013-2014, the level of pupil premium funding per child was £953.  This will increase to £1,300 per child in 2014-2015.  Some schools with a pupil population that is highly disadvantaged may receive in excess £250,000 per year in additional funding.  At Northenden, we have relatively few pupils who are classed as ‘disadvantaged’; our Pupil Premium funding for pupils entitled to Free School Meals is therefore relatively low.  Our funding for the last few years has been as follows:

  • 2011-2012 : £14,840
  • 2012-2013 : £24,547
  • 2013-2014 : £34,255
  • 2014-2015 : £61,800
  • 2015 – 2016 : £63,922 (of which £9,500 is for Post-LAC and £302 is for Early Years)
  • 2016 – 2017 : £60,542 (of which £11,400 is for Post-LAC pupils and £302 is for Early Years)

The aim of the additional funding is to enable schools to provide additional support and opportunities for disadvantaged children so that schools ‘level the playing field’ and enable these children to do as well as their peers who may not be as disadvantaged.  The Pupil Premium can be used to:

  • provide additional teaching support for individual or groups of children;
  • provide additional activities to enable children to participate in the wider life of the school;
  • provide out-of-school activities which will benefit the child.


Barriers Experienced by Pupils : A number of children entitled to the Pupil Premium …

  • have complex Special Educational Needs;
  • speak and work in English as an Additional Language;
  • have limited literacy experiences which impacts on early reading and phonics;
  • are looked-after or have been adopted;
  • have experienced trauma, neglect or lack of attachment in their early lives;
  • are affected by social, emotional and behavioural issues;
  • have low self-esteem;
  • come from families with low aspirations for attainment;
  • do not have opportunities outside of school to take part in high-quality enrichment experiences because of low interest, low aspirations or low income.

Desired Outcomes for Pupils entitled to Pupil Premium

We aim for pupils entitled to the pupil premium to …

  • fulfil their academic potential and achieved standards which are aspirational and challenging in reading, writing and mathematics;
  • make at least accelerated progress in reading, writing and mathematics relative to their starting points;
  • benefit from additional support in the classroom, and from external sources (if required), to meet their particular needs;
  • increase their ‘cultural capital’ by experiencing a wide range of opportunities outside the classroom, including educational visits and residential visits.

Strategies and Actions

At Northenden, we use our Pupil Premium funding to:

  • improve general provision for all pupils and improve quality-first teaching;
  • provide additional teaching support for individuals and small groups throughout the year;
  • provide additional hours for teaching assistants in every class beyond what would normally be funded to support groups of children and additional intervention programmes;
  • fund out-of-school activities, including tutoring, counselling or family support, where it has been agreed that these will benefit individual children and have an impact on their learning, self-esteem, mental health and general well-being;
  • provide play therapy by a qualified play therapist;
  • fund staff costs for after-school study support sessions, e.g. booster, one-to-one;
  • purchase high-quality materials for teaching and learning in all subjects;
  • provide high-quality training for teachers and teaching assistants to improve subject knowledge and the quality of teaching and learning, particularly in English and Mathematics;
  • purchase additional materials and online learning materials, eg. Nessy, Bug Club Online;
  • provide support for parents where required;
  • fund after-school intervention and catch-up programmes delivered by qualified teachers;
  • subsidise a wide range of educational visits for pupil premium and all children;
  • subsidise residential visits for pupils in Years 5 and 6 for pupil premium and all children;
  • subsiside instrumental tuition for pupil premium children;
  • provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities and activities, including arts and music education.



In February 2016, we won a local Pupil Premium award.  
Here is an extract of the letter we received from the Department for Education.




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