Pupil Premium Funding

Background to Pupil Premium Funding

Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that provides additional funding aimed at students from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these children in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress.

The Government has used students entitled to Free School Meals and those who are looked after as an indicator for deprivation or social disadvantage. They have given a fixed amount of money to schools per student, based on the number of students registered for Free School Meals and who are looked after by the Local Authority. A premium has also been introduced for students whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding supports our school in achieving its aim of helping every student to achieve to their full potential. Across the Trust and at Hill Farm Primary School, we:

  • Ensure that the Pupil Premium funding reaches the students for whom it was intended and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
  • Use the Pupil Premium to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and raise the achievement of these students.
  • Use the funding to close the gap between the achievement of these students and their peers.
  • Ensure that the additional funding is used to address any underlying inequalities between students eligible for the Pupil Premium and others.
  • Assure the best possible delivery of learning experiences in the classroom.
  • Offer a rich and varied menu of activities designed to engage and motivate students, raising their aspirations and creating a positive view of learning.

Our principles surrounding Pupil Premium Funding are outlined in our Pupil Premium Policy.  Details of our strategy for achieving our aims and principles can be found in our Pupil Premium Strategy.