Barley Croft Primary School

Pupil Premium

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


 “It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per Free School Meal (FSM) pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” 

Source - DfE website


What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is extra funding the government gives to schools to raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils. The amount a school receives depends on the number of pupils eligible for free school meals.


We would strongly encourage you to register your child/ren, even if:

  • they do not want to eat school meals
  • they already receive universal infant free school meals.

This is in order to raise extra money for the school, which can be used towards additional support and after school clubs.


Pupil Premium at Barley Croft Primary School

At Barley Croft, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and aim to reduce, where possible, barriers to learning. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.


We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.


Pupil Premium Strategy

This includes:

  1. In the previous academic year:
  • how the pupil premium allocation was spent
  • the impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils           


   2. The current academic year:

  • the amount of the school's allocation of pupil premium grant
  • details of the main barriers to educational achievement
  • how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches are being taken
  • how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.



Pupil Premium Spending

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching are having a positive impact on children’s progress and attainment.


Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.


Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group support in all year groups through the school. These interventions support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.


Increasing parental engagement has also been a focus at the school.  A range of learning opportunities have been provided to help parents develop their own skills in English and maths - to make them better equipped at supporting their children at home.


How the school measures the impact of the Pupil Premium

To monitor progress and attainment, measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). At Barley Croft, we use a cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.


At regular data reviews, the school assesses and analyses the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase.


Eligibility Criteria for Barley Croft to receive Pupil Premium (Free School Meals)

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:


  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & 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
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit


Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.


If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the headteacher.


If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, you can apply in a number of ways:

  • Collect a form from the school office
  • Phone the Local Authority on 0116 454 1009
  • Apply online (see link below)