Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools to address underlying inequalities between identified groups of children and their peers.  

What is the pupil premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. The premium is worth £1,320 for students who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); £1,900 for any student who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order; finally £300 for students whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.  The premium is worth £300 for any children who are eligible in EYFS. 

How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent. At King Edward we pride ourselves on using the Pupil Premium to support our students with a specific focus on basic skills, emotional well being and family support, engagement and attendance, ensuring the best life opportunities for all students.

Why is there a pupil premium?

Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. In 2009-10 GCSE statistics showed that around a third of students who have been on Free School Meals in the previous six years achieved five or more A*- C grades, compared to more than two thirds of their fellow students.

How many pupils at King Edward Primary are eligible for the Pupil Premium?

Currently 56 pupils, 13% of students at King Edward are eligible for the Pupil Premium

Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?

There is an issue with parents not claiming Free School Meals and therefore the Pupil Premium entitlement is not available. It is very important that parents let us know if they are in receipt of any of the following types of benefits, as we will not be automatically informed by the local government: Income Support (IS); Income Based Jobseekers Allowance; An income-related employment and support allowance; Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; Child Tax Credit (provided not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not exceeding £16,190 or Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.

Since September 2014, all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible for Free School Meals, however, it is still vital that parents inform us about their eligibility for these benefits, as it means the school will receive additional funding to support their children.

How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?

To monitor progress on attainment, new measures are included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. However the data does not show other factors, for example where children covered by Pupil Premium also have Special Needs which will have an impact on data for some children or year groups.  At King Edward Primary, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.

To find out more about how we use our pupil premium allocation please click below.