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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Funding

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.

This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.

At Heritage Park Primary School we encourage and promote high aspirations and ambitions for all of our pupils. We strongly believe that all children should be given the opportunity to achieve and our job is to encourage and extend their passion and thirst for knowledge, resulting in pupils realising their full potential. We are committed to ensuring that Pupil Premium Funding is spent to maximum effect.

What qualifies you to be eligible to receive Pupil Premium Funding?

  • 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 are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day. These children are awarded a premium of £2300.
  • Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence. They are awarded £300.

In March 2018 the Government announced that free school meals would only be available to children in KS2 whose families have a net income of £7400 or under, effective from 1 April 2018. If your child was previously entitled to free school meals but is no longer, they will still receive pupil premium based on the 'Ever 6' qualification (a pupil who has ever had free school meals in the past six years).

Schools are required to report on the amount of funding received (within each academic year) and how it is being used.  The impact of the funding is also reported.


For the financial year April 2018 – March 2019 we received £40,160 in funding, plus £1,722.43 brought forward from the previous financial year.

During the Academic Year 2018-19 the Pupil Premium Funding has been used as follows:

Year group




Year 1

To pay for an accredited Readers Count teacher to work with individual children on this specific programme

Data evidenced that identified children have raised attainment in their phonics, reading and writing.

Data analysis

All years

To pay for a teaching assistant to work with individual children and small groups of children on various intervention programmes

Children have gained confidence in their abilities and attainment has been raised. 

Data analysis and pupil discussions

All year groups

To buy in services from Support for Learning to assess children with special educational needs

Identified children have been assessed and programs of support identified. Parents and school have a better understanding of how best to support identified children’s needs.

Reports produced. SENCo ensures the children are able to receive appropriate interventions rapidly upon receipt of recommendations based on assessments. Parents are better informed of children’s needs.  

All years

To provide breakfast snacks for identified pupils

Children have more energy and can focus better on their school work

Pupil perception interviews

All year groups

To subsidise the cost of trips and residential trips for identified pupils

Children are able to participate in trips alongside their peers

Pupil interviews show that children have a greater understanding of the topics studied than if they had been unable to attend due to the first hand experiences they have gained.

Specific year group

To purchase additional reading resources for identified child

Child was able to access and enjoy a range of new texts

Pupil interview

All year groups

To provide milk at break time for identified pupils

Children are provided with the opportunity to keep hydrated and provided with nutrients to keep them healthy.

Children regularly choose to drink milk at breaktime.

Offered to all year groups

To enable identified pupils to access selected out of school activities i.e. Keysports camps

Children found the experience very enjoyable. They were given the opportunity to take part in a variety of sporting activities. Children’s confidence and team work skills were boosted.

Attended sessions and feedback was positive. Children felt they were valued and gained confidence from this experience.

Specific year groups

Provide financial support to allow identified children to attend before school provision

Children given the opportunity to develop social skills through play based activities

Children enjoy attending club regularly and attendance has improved for specific children.

All year groups

To provide additional music tuition to identified pupils through a specialist music teacher

Children are learning to play musical instruments and broadening their knowledge and understanding of composition and different music.

Children interviewed have predominantly enjoyed sessions and said it has helped their confidence and knowledge of music. They are also learning the skill of perseverance.

For the financial year April 2019 – March 2020 we expect to receive £37,860.00 in funding, plus £3,737.38 brought forward from the previous financial year.

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