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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?  

Introduced in April 2011, pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. It aims to support schools to improve outcomes of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers across the country.

In 2023/24, the Government has allocated pupil premium funding for:

  • Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals*, or eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
  • Every child who has been adopted from care or have left care
  • Every child who is looked after by the local authority

*To check if your child is eligible for free school meals, visit and click on “I would like to check for free school meal eligibility”. You will be asked to input your national insurance number and date of birth. If you require further assistance, please speak to a member of staff in the school office who will be happy to help you.

The Service Pupil Premium (SPP) 

Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. Schools receive funding for every pupil who meets the following eligibility critera:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service). This includes pupils with a parent who is in the armed forces of another nation and is stationed in England

  • registered as a ‘service child’ on any school census in the past 6 years

  • one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme

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Pupil Premium at Freegrounds Junior School

Our vision is that every child is given the opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards. As well as academic achievement, this encompasses social, moral, spiritual and cultural growth within an environment in which every member of the school is able to achieve success and fulfilment. High expectations and maximum progress and achievement for all pupils is paramount, irrespective of gender, race, culture or socio-economic background, and this is supported through the effective use of Pupil Premium funding.

We ue use our PP grant in line with the 'menu of approaches' set by the Department of Education and allocate spending across the following 3 key areas:

  • support high-quality teaching, such as staff professional development

  • provide targeted academic support, such as tutoring, including through the National Tutoring Programme (NTP)

  • tackle non-academic barriers to academic success, such as difficulties with attendance, behaviour and social and emotional wellbeing