Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

It is additional funding that is given to schools so that they can support and close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. It also supports children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.

In the 2016-17 academic year, Yarlside Academy has been allocated Pupil Premium Grant totalling approximately £17160.

The school will receive £1320 per primary pupil (reception to year 6) who is currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or has been eligible for FSM in the past 6 years.

Schools will receive £1900 for looked-after children defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.

Schools will also receive £1900 for eligible pupils who have been registered on the school census as having been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence order.

The service premium will continue to be extended so that in 2016 -17, any pupil in reception to year 11 who has been flagged as a service child since 2011 will continue to receive the premium. The service child premium will be paid to schools at the rate of £300 per pupil.

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is not ‘ring fenced’ and schools are free to spend it as they wish but need to demonstrate that the expenditure is contributing to closing performance gaps between children who experience social disadvantage and others. The grant is intended to benefit children who are currently in school.


What is it spent on?

In addition to pupils eligible for FSM, the governors at Yarlside Academy have agreed that PPG should be spent on all vulnerable and/or disadvantaged pupils in school.

During the last academic year (2015/16), our school received £21555 in total, for all eligible primary-aged pupils. Yarlside Academy used this Pupil Premium Funding to contribute towards:

  • Targeted intervention for specific children and groups of children
  • Increased Teaching Assistant support for targeted groups of children and individual children
  • Resources to enable the appropriate intervention and support to be carried out effectively
  • Subsidies for residential and educational visits
  • Subsidies for swimming provision.


What is its impact on learning and social development?

The impact of the Pupil Premium Grant is measured at the end of the academic year in relation to:

  • Core subject progress

As a result of strategically targeting the pupil premium budget on the specific needs of vulnerable pupils:

  • The majority of eligible children have made at least good progress in maths, reading and writing.
  • Most vulnerable pupils are motivated to complete their work and welcome the help of support staff to assist them with their work.
  • Most vulnerable children have taken part in residential and/or educational visits and benefitted from their experiences.


Do you qualify?

You may qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit.
Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.


For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals