Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium Funding

What is Pupil Premium?

Introduced in 2011, Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England. Pupil Premium funding can be used by schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to diminish the difference between them and their classmates.

Is your child eligible for PP funding?

Schools are given Pupil Premium funding for:

  • Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1320 for each of these children.
  • Children who have been looked after under Local Authority care for more than one day. For these children the school is awarded a premium of £1900.
  • Children of service families or who have been so for the last three years (£300).

How will schools know who is eligible?

The Pupil Premium is based on the number of FSM pupils, looked after children and children of service families on a school roll during the January census day.

How does this additional funding benefit your child?

At Whitchurch Primary School we spend our pupil premium money in a number of ways:

  • Providing extra one-to-one or small-group teaching of Mastery techniques.
  • Employing extra trained teaching assistants to work within classes.
  • Providing subsidised instrumental music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
  • Funding educational trips and visits (50% discount)
  • Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
  • Employing a team of Pastoral Partners to support vulnerable children and their families.
  • Running a social and emotional support programme for those children who need the additional support.
  • Investing in digital technologies that boost or support children’s learning, such as computers/tablets/Software.
  • Providing free school uniform, including a PE kit (please contact the school office for more information).
  • Implementing a reward system that helps to improve attendance.
  • Paying a 50% subsidy to Breakfast and After School Club to those children who are able to secure a place.

Additional benefits planned for 2017/2018

  • Running catch-up sessions after school for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
  • Providing extra tuition for able or gifted children in preparation for SATs or non-academic activities such as sport/music/dance or art.

Is your child eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?

Your child may be eligible for Free School Meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, the guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided that you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 or less
  • Universal credit

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The EYPP was introduced in 2016. This will give our school an extra £302 a year for each child whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or whose child has been in local authority care or adopted. This additional money will make a significant difference to us in supporting the development and learning for all our children. We ask that all parents with children born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 fill in the form below, to allow us to check eligibility and claim the additional EYPP for eligible children.

Important Information for you to know!

Since September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 qualify for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they bring a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium.

Next steps

If you think that your child might be eligible for Free School Meals or Pupil Premium funding please complete the form below or come and speak to the staff in the school office.

Early Years Pupil Premium letter

Early Years Pupil Premium form

Pupil Premium at Whitchurch

Whitchurch Early Years Pupil Premium leaflet

Whitchurch Pupil Premium leaflet

Pupil Premium at Whitchurch Primary School 2016-17

OFSTED’s Pupil Premium Report


Pupil Premium at Whitchurch Primary School 2014-15