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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The Pupil Premium is ‘additional’ to main school funding. The Pupil Premium targets extra money towards identified groups of children to close the attainment gap between children for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding and those for whom we do not.

The identified groups of children for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding consist of:

  • Children from low-income families who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.
  • Children who have been adopted.
  • Children whose parent/parents work in the armed forces.
  • Children who have been looked after within Local Authority care continuously for more than six months.


The Pupil Premium funding is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential. It is up to individual schools how best to allocate this funding. It is important that as a school we can measure the impact of this funding upon attainment and progress and how it made a difference for individual children.

Our Priorities

Some of our key priorities are:

  • To increase the proportion of Pupil Premium children who meet and exceed age related expectations at KS1 and KS2, and focus on ‘Narrowing the Attainment Gap’ between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils.
  • To increase the proportion of disadvantaged pupils who meet and exceed a good level of development at the end of foundation stage/Reception.
  • To raise the attainment of disadvantaged children so that as a school the attainment gap in school compared to national data is narrowed.


Monies are allocated to ensure that as a school we are able to:

  • Facilitate pupils’ access to high quality teaching and learning. 
  • Secure pupils’ access to the curriculum, including wider curriculum. 
  • Provide additional teaching and learning opportunities e.g. through employing additional staff. 
  • Explore alternative support and intervention; such as accessing outside agencies through buying into Local Authority Service Level Agreements.


Our Values and Principles

As with every child in our care, a child eligible for Pupil Premium is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/ her full potential, irrespective of need.   


We do not base our decisions as to whether a child receives extra support based solely upon whether a child is in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding. We need to accelerate the progress of all children ensuring that intervention is available at the point of need.


Shotton Primary School endeavours to use the available resources to employ strategies which will support pupils to increase their attainment. This is so that:

  • Progress is accelerated.
  • Children can more readily access the next steps in their learning.
  • Learning is moved on quickly across a progressive sequence of lessons.



Reviewing Our Pupil Premium Strategy

During the Summer term 2021 we will be supported by the Local Authority to undertake a comprehensive review of our Pupil Premium Strategy. This review will allow us to further reflect in a strategic and quantifiable manner as to the decisions that we have made and will make to ensure the maximum possible benefit for the outcomes of our children in 3 key areas, in line with a tiered approach as advocated by the Education Endowment Foundation:

  • High quality teaching
  • Targeted academic support
  • Wider strategies

Following this review our strategy will be updated ready for September 2021. All information will be published on our website.


Pupil Premium Strategy 2020 21

How we intend spending our Pupil Premium funding this academic year .

Due to COVID19 and enforced school closure there is no official data to publish for the academic year 2019/20. As such we are unable to measure impact of pupil premium spending against standardised assessment measures for the academic year 2019/20. Therefore the impact of our pupil premium allocation can only be measured up to March 2020 and against in school data and observation/evidence. 

Measuring the impact of our pupil premium funding.

A formal review of the impact of our Pupil Premium spending is undertaken on an annual basis. This is published on our website in this section. However the impact is continually reviewed and we report to Governing Body Committees on a termly basis:

  • Curriculum and Standards Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Staffing Committee

These committees all have an important role in decisions made and the accountability of the leadership and management of the school, when evaluating different aspects of our allocation of Pupil Premium funding and the effectiveness of our school. We also work closely with our school finance officer to ensure that costings are accurate when we set our budget.

When we measure the actual and potential impact of our funding we consider a wide variety of factors and measures which then inform our decisions as to future allocation. These factors include:

  • Progress and attainment measures of children- both statutory and non-statutory.
  • The cost effectiveness of a range of approaches
  • Attendance data
  • Children's emotional and developmental needs
  • How chosen approaches work together
  • School based monitoring 
  • School development priorities
  • Staff training and professional development needs
  • Identified resource needs to support high quality teaching and learning
  • Clear identification of barriers to learning to support in identifying priorities.



How do we intend spending our Early Years Pupil Premium Funding?

The Impact of Our Early Years Pupil Premium Funding