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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Summary

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age from low income families in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings who are known to:-

  • be eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • have been known to be eligible for FSM at any time in the last 6 years (known as Ever 6)
  • have been looked after in the care of the Local Authority for more than six months
  • have been adopted from care
  • have parents currently serving in the armed forces

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools according to numbers of pupils meeting the above criteria. The aim of the Government’s Pupil Premium is to raise achievement amongst socially disadvantaged children. It provides additional funding for disadvantaged pupils to ensure that they benefit from the same educational opportunities as pupils from more advantaged backgrounds with the aim of reducing the attainment gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils nationally. Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying school’s budget, in a way they think best in supporting the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. The money is allocated to ensure pupils reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally, to ensure self-esteem remains high and to ensure children are fully equipped to build upon their learning and therefore achieve successfully as they enter secondary education.

Our Principles

  • We ensure teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils in our school
  • We ensure appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups including adequately supporting the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged and underachieving.
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals. Funding, resources and pupil need may mean that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at any one time.
  • Much of the support provided through the Pupil Premium will be aimed at accelerating progress and helping children to achieve at least age-related expectations in English and Maths.
  • Some of the support provided may be aimed at increasing self-esteem, confidence and supporting opportunities for curriculum enhancement.
  • Pupil Premium resources may also be used to target more able children in receipt of funding to ensure attainment at greater depth.
  • Decisions regarding the use of the Pupil Premium funding will be made following research into successful strategies (e.g. Education Endowment Foundation / Ofsted publications) and will be at the discretion of the Headteacher and Governing Body of Cedars Primary School.


The range of provision considered may include:

  • Small group work focused on overcoming gaps in core knowledge and skills
  • Small group tuition
  • 1:1 tuition
  • Intervention programmes
  • Targeted language support
  • Support for educational visits and residentials
  • Support for music tuition
  • Enhancement opportunities for more able pupils
  • Activities which raise aspirations and opportunity for children and families
  • Access to a set of uniform at the beginning of the year
  • Reductions for breakfast clubs where early morning provision is deemed necessary to support learning
  • Resource materials for children to access home learning
  • Specific resources to allow children to access the curriculum
  • Reading, writing and maths resources
  • Access to ICT
  • Access to homework support

A current annual plan outlining intended support and expenditure is attached below alongside an analysis of the previous year’s expenditure and the impact of interventions. Pupil Premium Reports for previous years are available from the school.

​For further information, please email the school office for the attention of Mrs McGarragh (Deputy Head – Pupil Premium Lead)