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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.


 “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.” 

Source - DfE website


The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential.


The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. At St Mary and St Chad First School, we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to increase attainment.


At St Mary and St Chad CE First School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. 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 between success and failure.


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 to parents

In place of the current requirements regarding information about Pupil Premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their Pupil Premium Strategy. This should include:

  1. In the previous academic year (2021/22 report see the bottom of the page)
  • how the Pupil Premium allocation was spent
  • the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils           

    2. The current academic year (2022/23 report see the bottom of the page)

  • the amount of 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.



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

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At St Mary and St Chad CE First School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meetings will take place at each term and will include a member of senior management and teachers. Teachers and TA's meet regularly to analyse the progress and attainment of pupils. 

At these reviews, the school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be 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 Pupil Premium who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.

Pupil Premium funding and the impact of this is a regular item on the governors’ meetings.

Designated staff member in charge: Mrs Sandra Lamond

Nominated governor: Mr Kevin Maycock


Financial Allocations

Schools receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,345 for pupils in Reception to Year 4

Schools will also receive £2,410 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,410 rate.


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). See the Staffordshire County Council website for more details.


Eligibility Criteria

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for 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
  • Universal Credit (providing you have an annual net income not exceeding £7400, £616.67 per month.



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


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.


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 for more information.  Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.