Hinchliffe Mill Junior & Infant School

Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

This is based on research showing that low-income 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, less family support, 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.

Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.

Common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium fund include:

· Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.

· Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.

· Running catch-up sessions before or after school, for example for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.

· Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.

· Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the pupil premium, for example in preparation for NC tests.

· Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.

· Funding educational trips and visits.

· Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.

· Funding English classes for children who speak another language at home.

· Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.

Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its pupil premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support. But research shows that the fund does help to narrow gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers, particularly in English and maths.

Pupil Premium Statements

The school's allocation of the grant is based on the number of pupils with the entitlement to Pupil Premium funding at the time of the October census.

Pupil Premium can be claimed and allocated to:

  • Children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings.
  • Children who have also been 'looked after' continuously for more than 6 months
  • Children who come from service families 

2023 / 2024 Pupil Premium Statement - coming soon

2022 /2023 Pupil Premium Statement

2020/21 Pupil Premium Statement

IF you think you qualify for Pupil Premium and Free School Meals (FSM) click here