Pupil Premium

DfE Guidance

Schools, Headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

‘We know a good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances, to enable them to progress into adulthood with the skills and confidence for success. The Pupil Premium will provide schools with the resources with which to address inequalities in the system and raise the attainment of those pupils from low income families’.


Funding – Financial Year 2018 – 2019

In the 2018 – 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free schools meals at any point in the last 6 years:

Disadvantaged pupils Pupil premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals £1,320
Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority £2,300
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order £2,300
Service children Pupil premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence £300

www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-conditions-of-grant-2018-to-2019  – 2 Oct 2018

The pupil premium for 2018 to 2019 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census who are known to have been eligible for FSM since May 2012, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2018.

The Pupil Premium at St Nicholas CE Primary Academy

Based on information provided by the DfE, this school’s pupil premium funding for 2018 -2019 is £139,920.00

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.

The basis for Pupil Premium funding is based on pupil numbers for each FTE pupil on the January 2018 school census.

Overview of St Nicholas CE Primary Academy

  • At St Nicholas the Number of Primary pupils on rollin January 2018 was 321
  • The Number of Primary pupil’s eligible for the Deprivation Pupil Premium was 106.
  • The Percentage of Primary pupils eligible for the Deprivation Pupil Premium was 33.02%

At St Nicholas CE Primary Academy, the Pupil Premium allocation is £139,920.00 (2018-19) and it is used strategically to ensure maximum impact on attainment.

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of support for our children and along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment progress and self-belief.

We are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.

Increasing Parental Engagement has also been a focus at the school.  A range of learning opportunities have been provided to help parents develop their own skills in English and Maths – to make them better equipped at supporting their children at home.

Is your child eligible for Free School Meals?

Infant Free School Meals

Your child gets free school meals if they’re in:

  • reception class
  • year 1
  • year 2

If you receive any of the benefits listed below, your child’s school will get more funding. Apply online now, if you’re entitled, to make sure your child gets free school meals as they move to Year 3.

Free school meals for children in Year 3 and older

Older children may get free school meals if their parents or carers receive any of these benefits:

Children will get free school meals if they meet the criteria and are in school both before and after lunchtime.

Children eligible for free school meals on or after 1 April 2018 will remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022 even if your circumstances change.

Apply online

Apply for your child’s free school meals online. Your eligibility will be checked and your application processed straight away. If your application is successful the school will be notified by email immediately and your child should start receiving their free school meal within 24 hours.

Apply now

Pupil Premium Plans and School Data