Flying High Together

Pupil Premium

Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

  • generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
  • often do not perform as well as their peers.

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the academic results they achieve.

Use of the pupil premium

School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.

Tiered approach

Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following three areas below but focusing on teaching quality – investing in learning and development for teachers.

1. Teaching

Schools arrange training and professional development for all their staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.

2. Academic support

Schools should decide on the main issues stopping their pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.

3. Wider approaches

This may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as:

  • school breakfast clubs
  • music lessons for disadvantaged pupils
  • help with the cost of educational trips or visits
  • speech and language therapy.

To find out more about how we spend our pupil premium funding at Common Road Infant School, please click the button below.

Pupil Premium