What is Pupil Premium Funding?


The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement.  These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and those now adopted but formerly looked after.  Since 2012, funding has been extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any time within the last 6 years.

Nationally, statistics have shown that students who are in receipt of FSM do less well than their peers in external exams.  The aim of this money is to try to close that attainment gap.  All schools are required to publish what funding they have received and how the money is being spent.  Please refer below for details of how we spend the Pupil Premium at All Souls Primary School.


Use of Pupil Premium Funding


Pupil Premium funding comes directly into school.  It is based on the number of children registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at the moment, and in the past six years, together with the number of pupils who are either currently ‘looked after’ or formerly ‘looked after’ and now adopted.  It is not, in any way, assumed that all children eligible for the Pupil Premium are low-attaining or making poor progress. We consider how best to support the learning and access to all aspects of education for all categories of children, including those that are higher attaining in addition to those who have barriers to their learning.


Potential barriers faced by eligible children

Eligible pupils may face some of the following challenges:


  • ·       Barriers to learning in one or more curriculum area which may or may not result from a Special Educational Need.
  • ·       Lack of self-confidence or self-esteem in learning.
  • ·       Difficulties with making friends and establishing secure relationships with adults.
  • ·       A lack of resources to engage fully with the wider life of the school, including extra-curricular clubs, educational visits, instrumental tuition etc.
  • ·       Families who may need support for a number of different reasons some of which may affect their capacity to support children’s learning at home.


How We Measure Impact

We assess the impact of our interventions in the following ways:


  • ·       Progress in learning measured against EYFS or National Curriculum developmental or age-related milestones.
  • ·       Progress in specifically targeted areas such as reading, spelling and numeracy using standardised assessments.
  • ·       Progress in phonics and spelling against age related expectations in terms of numbers of sounds and words encoded and decoded accurately.

Pupil Premium funding received for the academic year 2022-23 was £88,640 and the allocated funding for 2023-24 is £97,500


How this funding was spent


  • Participation in Reading Roadmap Scheme across the school.
  • Enhanced support staff provision in EYFS and KS1 to support with Reading, Maths and phonics interventions for pupils in danger of falling behind.
  • 2 Days a week of Parent support adult to work closely with parents and help promote parental engagement in their children’s learning.
  • Access for all to enrichment activities to extend learning beyond the National Curriculum and provide opportunities to build on pupil’s access to cultural capital.
  • Tutoring, individual or small group for targeted pupils.


For further information please click for the following documents:


Impact of Pupil Premium Funding 2022/23 and proposed spending for 2023/24