The pupil premium grant (PPG) is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and close the gaps between them and their peers.

The PPG is paid to schools for:

  • Pupils recorded on the January School Census who were eligible for and receiving Free School Meals (FSM);
  • Pupils who have been eligible and receiving FSM at any time in the last six years, known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’;
  • Children who have been Looked After (LAC) for at least one day as recorded in the March 2014 Children Looked After Data Return;
  • Children Adopted from Care (Post-LAC) under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and children who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order;
  • A grant is also paid to the school for children from service families.

Schools receive the following grants (for the financial year April 2022-March 2023):

Disadvantaged children:

  • £1,385 for each pupil in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM.
  • £2,410 for each looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
  • £2,410 for each child who has ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.

Service children:

  • £320 for each pupil in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.

For further information, please visit the DfE Key Facts link here:

Pupil Premium Strategy at St Paul’s C of E Primary School

At St Paul’s C of E we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind and be given the opportunity and support to reach their full potential. We strongly believe that all children have the right to an excellent education underpinned by outstanding quality teaching with high expectations.

Our school is a family where everyone feels safe, happy and valued and is supported to achieve their full potential and we believe that a measure of quality in education is the extent to which excellence is achieved by all students, irrespective of disadvantage or barrier to achievement. Our aim is to eliminate variation in achievement between Pupil Premium pupils and Non-Pupil Premium pupils through a focus on high quality teaching, informed by a rigorous cycle of reviewing and planning.

St Paul’s C of E Pupil Premium Lead is our Inclusion Leader, Mrs Emma Hartley.

Our Pupil Premium Strategy is documented below and we developed this plan whilst working with Huntington Research School using the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) research. Here you will find details of how we spend the pupil premium and what impact this is having on pupils' achievement. As per DFE guidance, The Pupil Premium Strategy is on the set form. In order to plan how we spend the funding we use the key elements from the EEF to ensure that the Pupil Premium children get the best education and maximise their learning opportunities to ‘narrow the gap.’ We have also used research from 'Addressing Educational Disadvantage in schools and colleges' by Marc Rowland for staff training.

Pupil Premium Funding - 3 Year Plan

The pupil premium plan is from September 2023 to September 2026.

We have been allocated £39,515 for the academic year 2023-24.

The next Pupil Premium light Review will be in September 2024.

The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support disadvantaged pupils to achieve that goal, including progress for those who are already high attainers.

We will consider the challenges faced by vulnerable pupils, such as those who have a social worker and young carers. The activity we have outlined is also intended to support children's needs, regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not.

High-quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time will benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school. Implicit in the intended outcomes detailed below, is the intention that non-disadvantaged pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside progress for their disadvantaged peers.

From 2019 we will be looking at a 3 year strategy to move away from full annual reviews. Instead we will look at a “multi-year approach”, such as one review covering a three-year period, with “light touch” annual reviews. Thus following the DFE’s directive which would help schools take a longer view of the support the grant would provide and “align their plan with the wider school improvement strategy”. We will still summarise annually though due to the changes to the Pupil Premium year on year.