Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is a government grant, introduced in April 2011, that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that these pupils generally underachieve compared to their peers. The premium is given to schools so that they can provide additional support for these pupils and ensure they reach their potential.

The Government calculates how much Pupil Premium money each school receives by looking at the number of children at the school who are registered for free school meals, and at the number of children in local authority care. These are used as general indicators of deprivation. The school then receives a fixed amount of money per pupil registered for free school meals or in care.

The Government is not dictating how schools should spend this money, but schools have to show that they are using it effectively to narrow the achievement gap between children from deprived backgrounds and others. School performance tables will now include information about the attainment of pupils from deprived backgrounds compared with their peers.

Pupil Premium Policy

School Aims

At Stamford Hill Primary School our mission is to provide a high quality education, through partnerships between children, staff, home and the wider community in an inspiring and secure environment enabling all children to achieve their potential as independent learners.

Aims of this policy

We aim to ensure that every child leaves Stamford Hill Primary School excited about learning and determined to succeed. We want to equip them with confidence, resilience and a passion for learning throughout their lives. These qualities will enable them to thrive and to champion kindness and fairness at all stages of their future lives.

The targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding will support us in achieving our aims.


  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. 

This specifically includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are addressed. 

  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for free school meals, (or have been eligible in the last 6 years) are socially disadvantaged. 
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We therefore allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils that the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. 

Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following annual needs analyses which will identify priority classes and groups. This is based on teacher/ staff knowledge/ data/ needs of individuals and where relevant family and community needs.


We have a range of provisions in place to support children who belong to vulnerable groups, including those who are socially disadvantaged. This provision has the full support of the Governing Body and includes:

  • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher, focused/ additional support staff on overcoming gaps in learning 
  • 1-1 support with an experienced learning mentor, teacher or TA.
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by teachers, TAs or external agencies 
  • Additional support for assessments, training and advice from specialists such as speech therapists, educational psychologists etc. 
  • Paying for activities that broaden the curriculum such as theatre visits/ visits to school and supplementing monies for school trips to ensure that no child is excluded from a trip due to inability to meet the cost 
  • Paying for afterschool activities which help to broaden the pupils’ experiences including a drama and dance club run by external agencies.
  • Access to the breakfast club, free of charge. This means that children are at school on time and have had a filling hot breakfast as well as an opportunity to speak to the staff and spend time socialising with peers.
  • Developing sporting and active play opportunities to develop a “healthy body and healthy mind approach”


All our work funded by the Pupil Premium will be aimed at children making good progress and improving well-being to create the right environment for children so that;

  • every child makes progress that is good or better, so that they leave having made progress over KS1 and from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 
  • there are no significant gaps between the achievement of pupils from disadvantaged groups and other pupils 


Main Barriers

The school identifies the main barriers in potential achievement and implements strategies to overcome the issues.

  • English as a second language (including language/communication problems with parents)
  • Engagement with home learning environments
  • Emotional challenges
  • Diversity of activities outside of school
  • Attendance and punctuality


The Head Teacher will produce annual reports for the Governors on:

  • the progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils 
  • an outline of the provisions 
  • an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support. 



The Pupil Premium Policy and strategy is reviewed annually. The next review will be in July 2020.


Use of funding

  • Pays for a learning mentor that helps disadvantaged pupils socially.
  • Pays for a portion of TA support. This helps with 1:1 and small group interventions.
  • Heavily subsidising the residential trip to Pendarren for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.
  • Free breakfast club and afterschool club.
  • Opportunity to go on a number of trips that might otherwise be unavailable including the theatre, and paid for exhibitions.




Any appeals against this policy will be through the Governors’ complaints procedure.


Pupil Premium Awards


Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure - 

 Pupil Premium Context and Rationale 

The pupil premium funding we received for the years:

Pupil Premium for 2019/2020 amounted to £92,060;

Pupil Premium for 2018/19 amounted to £89,760

Pupil Premium for 2017/18 amounted to £99,000.


Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure and Planned Expenditure 2019/2020


Funding Use Allocation Summary of Initiative, new or continued Intended Outcomes How will this be monitored
Learning Mentor and part pay for a Teaching Assistant. £50,000 Pupil Premium funding is used to part pay for a learning mentor who supports a number of pupils. The pastoral care element of this has been highly beneficial in settling children and helping them with emotional, as well as academic needs. The Learning Mentor has a number of initiatives to improve attendance. She also highlights gaps in learning which as addressed by teacher and teaching assistants. Increase focus in lessons,  The swimming instructor assesses each child at the initial session and monitors and records progress.
Drama, Dance and Physical Education Clubs offered free of charge £6,000 Children are offered the opportunity to join two clubs. The clubs are offered free of charge. The school absorbs additional costs. Pupils to learn new skills and the clubs encourage physical education in a fun and engaging environment. Club teachers monitor and record progress. Performances celebrate the children's achievements.
Partially pays for staffing for the breakfast club £6,000 The breakfast club is run free of charge. Children have a hot breakfast, the opportunity to share worries with staff and to socialise with their friends.  Children to start the day with a hot meal. This enables them to be ready to learn The breakfast club is highly successful and pupil take up is extremely high with around 40% of pupils attending. This has an impact on learning. It also provides wrap around care for working parents and gives parents the opportunity to work.
Professional support e.g. school to school support, Speech and Language therapists, Trailblazer project. £14,200 Allows staff to be trained so that they can address pupil issues. Trailblazer focuses on the pupils emotional needs.  Services to improve outcomes for pupils hope to address issues early. This is monitored by the SENCO and the learning mentor. SLT regularly meets with teachers to monitor progress.
Hardship fund £802.60 Hardship fund provides the school with the opportunity to help families who are struggling.  This has allowed families to spend more time together, and aid transport to hospitals taking a burden off struggling families. The Governing Body monitors spending in this area to ensure that money is being directed to the most vulnerable and to alleviate pressure.
School trips £9,000 Pupils have the opportunity to go on trips including residential trips, theatre trips, exhibitions etc. These enrichment activities provide pupils with opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable due to cost. This is monitored by SLT. 
In school enrichment activities £6,000 Performances and workshops are arranged in the school. These include a pantomime, drama workshops, visiting zoo, Chinese dragon dance, storytelling workshops etc. This has been highly successful as the children gain valuable skills, and the opportunity to learn new skills and experience a variety of performances. The school also uses workshops to celebrate different cultures. This is planned carefully by SLT to give a variety of experiences.