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What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding provided to schools by the current Government, who wish to close the educational attainment gap we have nationally between children who are eligible for Free School meals (FSM), and those who are not.  The national statistics show that children who are eligible for FSMs attain lower scores on tests and assessments. 


We do have children who fit this target group and more resources to support their progress is welcomed.  Of course this is a generalised assumption and we have many examples of children at Berkeley Primary School that have achieved the highest levels whilst still being eligible for FSMs – this funding allows us to challenge them even further.  In our opinion the money supports the progress of all pupils, as we can offer staff and resources that benefit everyone, but we are also able to target specific pupils where necessary. 


It is important that if you are in a family that may be eligible for free school meals you claim for them. The school does not automatically get the money so if you do not claim then the school and all children lose out. The office or the local link can easily help you with this.


The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been eligible within the past 6 years, have been adopted and any pupil who has been 'Looked After' (in care) for 6 months or more.  A smaller amount is allocated for children of service families. This is for Reception to Year 6.  In April 2015 the Early Years Pupil Premium was introduced, currently set at £300 per year and this is for Nursery children.  


Funding per pupil


Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

£1,320 FSM

£1900 Looked After

£300 Service Child


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 held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils.


Please see below for information regarding the plans for spending our allocation this year.  We will measure the impact of this spending by tracking the children's progress and attainment carefully.  We review our pupil premium strategy termly.  


Amount received Apr 2016


Total number of pupils receiving allocation

161 + 14 Nursery children = 175

26.36% of total pupils on roll.

Year Group

Number of children entitled to Pupil Premium funding

Number of pupils in year group

Percentage of the year group entitled to Pupil Premium funding









Year 1




Year 2




Year 3




Year 4




Year 5




Year 6




Total pupils on roll

596 + 68 Nursery children = 664




Total number of pupils on roll R-Y6


Total Number of pupils receiving allocation R-Y6


Amount received


Post-LAC = 1

Service Children = 6

Activities funded by the grant


  • Continuing professional development for staff


  • Reciprocal Reading Programme (training and resources)


  • Wellcomm Speech and Language Programme (£320 resources and TA time to implement)


  • Big Talk programme


  • Tapestry EYFS recording and tracking system


  • Lexia resources, also home resources


  • Transition support for Year 6


  • English & Maths workshops to inform and engage parents in supporting home learning


  • Non-contact time for teachers to work with the leadership team to scrutinise children’s work, with a focus on PP children and strategies for moving forward


  • Non-contact time for Leadership team to monitor, evaluate and action PP children’s progress in core subjects


  • TA hours to support emotional well-being and attainment in maths, reading and writing throughout the school. 1:1 & small group bespoke programmes to diminish the gap between pupils and to support progress towards age related expectations. In class support to allow for same day intervention to ensure learning challenges are achieved.


  • Learning Mentor to support pastoral needs including emotional well-being and learning support


  • Subsidising of educational trips and workshops


  • Family workers to support pastoral needs


  • Attendance worker to support attendance


  • Boosters (Y5 & 6)


  • Off-site provision


  • School trips and workshops. Pupils will be able to participate in all events, irrespective of their backgrounds, ensuring that all children have access to the same school experiences


  • Time out Therapy provision for children will help to remove barriers to learning and give children 1:1 support away from the classroom environment. This will enable them to access the curriculum and build social skills reducing disruptions to learning.


  • EMTAS. Targeted support will help to reduce barriers to learning. Behaviour support and raising of self-esteem will impact on children’s learning. Specialist staff can tailor support to meet individual’s needs.


  • After school clubs provide all children with the opportunity to take part in clubs and gain experiences that they may not have the opportunity to take part in out of school. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to learn new skills, both academic and social. (E.g. Code Club, Gardening Club, sports clubs, Reading Club, Maths Club, Colouring Club)