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The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England designed to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

·        £1,320 for pupils in Reception to Year 6

·        £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of adoption, a special guardianship                  order, a child arrangements order or a residence order

·        £300 for pupils with service parents


School accountability for the pupil premium

The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Schools are also held to account through performance tables.

Principles of Pupil Premium spending at Hermitage

High standards of teaching and learning ensure the needs of all pupils are met. Appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, through careful assessing of their needs. Monies will be targeted at the areas of most need to close any gaps between the attainment and progress of individuals in receipt of extra funding and all other pupils.


The range of provision make for this group includes:

  • Providing small group work with an experienced staff member focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
  • 1-1 support
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities (pre-teaching or re-teaching) provided through trained teaching assistants
  • Purchasing additional resources to meet learning needs
  • Staff training to better support the needs of the pupils
  • Opportunities to join extra-curricular clubs provided to target particular needs
  • Part-payment of the board and lodging costs of residential  trips 
  • Part-payment towards the cost of school trips 
  • Possible payment of breakfast club (assessed on an individual basis)

All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to their age related expectations. High achieving pupils will have extra opportunities to enrich and deepen their learning.

Provision will not be specifically aimed at statemented children as there is separate funding for these children.


The Headteacher, in her report to Governors, will report on:

  • the progress made by socially disadvantaged pupils towards narrowing the gap, by year group
  • a summary of the provision that was made since the last report
  • 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 governors of the school will ensure that there is a statement on the school website detailing how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils



The use of PP funding will ensure that all pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds achieve at least as well as their peers. Those high achieving pupils will have opportunities to deepen and enrich their learning in a variety of ways.

Barriers to learning:

For each group of children, staff will analyse the barriers to learning and will implement strategies of best overcome these. Parents/carers, teachers, leadership and external agencies if required will be involved in the process to ensure the best possible outcomes.



Success criteria:


Raise the attainment of PP-eligible pupils;

This will be monitored termly; percentages of PP pupils at age related expectations will increase each term


Closing the gap between PP pupils and non-PP pupils in the school;

The percentage gap between PP/non-PP will be monitored half termly and will be reduced term on term.


Closing the gap between the school’s PP pupils and all pupils nationally;

Using previous year’s data, key areas of foci will be identified and tracked to ensure that end of year data is close to national data


Accelerate progress by all PP pupils

Close tracking of interventions by teacher/TA/Phase leader will ensure PP pupils catch up with their peers


Improve attendance and punctuality of PP pupils

Attendance will be monitored half termly. Persistent offenders will be supported to ensure that attendance and punctuality improves term on term.


Improve behaviour of PP pupils

Close monitoring and analysis of behaviour logs termly will ensure that pupils are supported to improve their behaviour.


Improve pupil wellbeing, supporting with emotional development

PP pupils will feel happier at school and will develop more effective relationships with staff to enable them to perform better at school.


Improve engagement of PP pupils developing a love of learning and thirst for knowledge

Class teachers will develop innovative ways to engage all pupils resulting in improved learning.


Increasing engagement of parents with their children’s education and with the school;

Pupil Wellbeing Officer will work with parents to improve engagement. Opportunities for parents to participate in school life will be improved resulting in a better understanding of their child’s education.


Increasing opportunities for PP-eligible pupils, broadening their experience.

Vulnerable pupils will be exposed to more extra-curricular opportunities through clubs, visits, speakers developing their skills and curiosity in the world around them.


Supporting parents of PP pupils have the same opportunities as all other pupils

Staff and Pupil Wellbeing Officer will work with parents to inform them of opportunities so that vulnerable pupils have the same experiences outside of school as others.



Get in touch

Hermitage Primary School
Belmont Road

T: 01895 234 871