Pupil Premium

 Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to disadvantaged children in order to close the achievement gap.

The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils.  Three categories of pupils are eligible:

  • Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are or have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of Primary school education)
  • Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care
  • Children of Service personnel

Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium need to be aged 4 and over, in year groups to year 11 in a maintained school.


Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However all schools will be held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils.

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At St Barnabas' School we are committed to raising standards for all our pupils. We use the Pupil Premium funding allocated to us  to provide additional support with a particular focus on improving pupil outcomes for those children eligible for the funding.  We have found that the most effective way to spend our Pupil Premium funding is on additional staffing to support our pupils' learning.

Our Pupil Premium allocation allows us to continue the enhanced support for our pupils  and to sustain our staffing structure which continues to have a demonstrable impact on pupil progress and achievement for those children eligible for funding through Pupil Premium.


Our funding goes towards employing additional teachers to ensure an excellent pupil-teacher ratio and provide high quality support for our children.
We reviewed our strategy on how we use our Pupil Premium funding at our full Governing Body meeting in the summer term 2018.


We understand that all pupils may face different challenges that might affect their learning.  At St Barnabas', we identify potential barriers to pupils’ learning so that we can ensure that every child makes progress and is successful at school – academically, socially and emotionally.


Some barriers to learning that some children might face at various times during their time at primary school include:

Poor attendance and punctuality
Low starting points on entry to primary school
High mobility / moving schools
Speech, Language and Communication needs
Attachment and trauma


We realise that these barriers may not affect every pupil and are fully aware of the individual needs of the children in our school.  We ensure that through our curriculum planning and pastoral care, barriers can be addressed so that pupils are able to flourish in all areas of their learning.


Our Pupil Premium allocation for 2018-2019 was £77,000. Of this, approximately £2,500 was allocated to support pupils eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium. Our Pupil Premium funding continues to be an important element that enables us to support our pupils who may otherwise be at a disadvantage. Our Pupil Premium allocation for 2019 - 2020 was £66,000. You can find a review of the impact of Pupil Premium spending last year and the plans for this year by opening the document below.