Someries Infant School

Pupil premium funding

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The pupil premium grant is spent well and, as a result, disadvantaged pupils make better than expected progress.

Ofsted, 2017

At Someries Infant School, we are committed to ensuring that all pupils have a solid foundation and that the building blocks are secure to enable them to make rapid progress during one of the most vulnerable times in their schooling.

Our strategic focus for how we spend pupil premium grant funding is not solely on what is needed to 'close the gap' in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers. Instead, we also focus on providing experiences that are necessary for disadvantaged pupils - those for whom we recieve pupil premium funding and those for whom we do not - to overcome the lack of experiences they may be exposed to in their wider lives.

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Purpose of Pupil Premium Funding

The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as 'Ever 6 FSM'). However, it is not ring-fenced to those children and can be spent in any way that the school sees fit, so long as the school is able to demonstrate that the specific needs of FSM pupils have been addressed and how this additional - and specific - funding, which is intended to compensate for disadvantage, is being used for this purpose.

School leaders and governing boards need to ensure that their school is tracking the progress of pupils in receipt of free school meals (FSM) to demonstrate how the school is using pupil premium grant funding. It is for the school to determine how best to use the funding - there is no prescription within allocations other than funding should not be simply added to the dedicated schools grant budget allocation in order to compensate for any recent financial cutbacks to schools.

From September 2012, school leaders and governing boards need to ensure that their school is publishing information to parents and carers about how pupil premium grant funding has been spent in its entirety and what the impact has been on learning, attainment and pupils wellbeing and/ or pastoral care.

We are required to publish the following information about how we use our pupil premium grant funding.

For the previous academic year, we must report information on:

  • How our pupil premium allocation was spent
  • The impact of that expenditure on eligible and other pupils

For the current academic year, we must publish our pupil premium strategy setting out:

  • The amount of the school’s pupil premium allocation
  • A summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils of the school
  • How the pupil premium allocation is to be spent to address those barriers and the reasons for that approach
  • How the school is to measure the impact and effect of its expenditure of the pupil premium allocation
  • The date of the school’s next review of its pupil premium strategy

Pupil Premium 2020-2021

Our Context

There are currently 24 pupils attending our school who are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding, accounting for 12.7% of the total number of eligible children currently on roll. In addition to this, five pupils are currently in receipt of early years pupil premium funding.


There are currently no children on roll at our school who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and no children of service personnel.


In the 2019-2020 academic year, Someries Infant School received a total of £47,693 in pupil premium grant funding.


In the 2020-2021 academic year, Someries Infant School has forecasted it will receive a total of £29,590 in pupil premium grant funding.


Funding for looked after pupils does not go to their school. Instead, it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.