What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the results they achieve.
Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in January each year from the following groups:
Free school meals
Schools get £1,320 for every primary age pupil, or £935 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years. From April 2020 the new rates will be:
£1,345 per primary-aged pupil
£955 per secondary-aged pupil
Looked-after and previously looked-after children
Schools get £2,300 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after; they must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s Personal Education Plan. From April 2020, the new rate will be £2,345 per eligible pupil.
The service premium is not part of the pupil premium as the rules to attract the service premium are different.
Schools get £300 for every pupil with a parent who:
is serving in HM Forces
has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
This funding is to help with pastoral support. From April 2020 the new service premium rate will be £310 per head.
How is the funding used?
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to improve educational attainment and support pupils from less privileged backgrounds.
At Wildridings Primary School, we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups; this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are specifically assessed and addressed. In considering provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils eligible for FSM will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are eligible for free school meals.
Please click on the buttons above to view our Pupil Premium Reports. They include information regarding how the Pupil Premium was spent in the last academic year, the impact of this funding and the plans for future spending.
Why is Physical Education important?
Physical Education plays a vital part in every child's physical, social, psychological and technical development during their academic years. This unique subject allows high quality coaching to be delivered to children of all ages and ability levels both practically and theoretically. Children are able to experience weekly practical sessions both indoors and outdoors, in a wide range of physical, creative and aesthetic settings. Physical Education enables children to become 'Physically Literate' by building up each child's physical skills, subject knowledge and understanding of the importance of health and fitness.
The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding - provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – has been allocated to primary school head teachers.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this. A list of possible uses has been suggested.