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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers.

At Benenden Church of England Primary School our vision is for those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium (PP) funding to achieve better than the average for “all” pupils nationally by the time they leave at the end of Y6.

All members of staff and the governing body accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring and nurturing environment. We hope that each child will develop a love for learning and acquire skills and abilities commensurate with fulfilling their potential and as an adult finding employment. 

Pupil Premium funding at Benenden Church of England Primary School will be used to: 

Support the relentless drive throughout the school to raise  attainment of PP-   eligible pupils so that we diminish the difference between the school’s PP pupils and all pupils both within school and nationally

            Accelerate progress for PP pupils

            Increase parental engagement with their child’s education and with the school

            Improve attendance

            Increase opportunities for PP pupils and broaden their experiences

‘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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. ‘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.’ (DfE website)

Who is eligible? 

·         Pupils eligible for free school meals

·         Children in care who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months

·         A service premium is also available for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

In the financial year 2020 -21, pupil premium funding will remain at £1320 per pupil and £2300 for children who are looked after, adopted or leave care under a Special Guardianship Order or Residence Order.

What percentage of our pupils are eligible Pupil Premium Funding?

The figures for Pupil Premium Eligibility are taken from the January census. At this time, we had 10% of pupils on roll who were eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. All of these were identified under the Ever6 category, (i.e. in receipt of Free School Meals at any point in the past six years).

What was the Pupil Premium Funding spent on in the academic year 2019-2020?    

  • Forest School  - YR – Y6.  10 weekly sessions per class.   
  • Breakfast Club  
  • Extra Curricular Clubs 
  • Trips (non residential) 
  • Trips (residential) 
  • Assessing working memory, phonological memory, auditory processing 
  • Educational Psychologist/Counselling 
  • Monitoring attendance  
  • Plugging the gaps in maths
  • Identifying speech and language difficulties 
  • Lego Therapy  
  • Online homework support  
  • To provide external counselling for children that require a high level of support.
  • Dyslexia support and assessment
  • To provide a multi-sensory and highly effective phonics programme and reading books
  • To provide a multi-sensory spelling  support

What has been the impact of the Pupil Premium Funding over the past academic year?

Click on the link below to look at how we are diminishing the difference between pupil premium children and their peers.

Pupil Premium Funding Impact 2019-2020

What is our Pupil Premium strategy?

Click on the link below to see our pupil premium strategy.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2020/21

Click on the link below to see how we spent our pupil premium funding last year. 

Pupil Premium Grant Spending Allocation 2019/20 

When is our Pupil Premium strategy reviewed?

Our pupil premium strategy will be reviewed in July every year, with a mid-year budget review in February.  


Is my child eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?

In September 2014, the Government introduced ‘Universal Free School Meals’ for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However, it is important that parents/carers of children in these year groups still apply (through completing a very short form!) for free school meals if they think that they may be eligible, so that the school receives pupil premium funding for them.

If you would like to find out more about whether your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium funding, please speak enquire via the school office.