Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is based on individual family eligibility.

Funding for financial year 2020 to 2021

In the 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

  •  £1,345 for pupils in reception to year 6
  • £955 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will receive £2,345 for any pupil:

  • identified in the January 2020 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

Government information on Pupil Premium care be found here.

Pupil Premium, which is extra funding that is paid directly to the school can obviously be used to benefit any child that is in receipt of it.  This could include your child and we would therefore like to encourage everyone who is eligible to claim to do so.

The criteria for claiming Pupil Premium is currently as follows:

  • Income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit;
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • You are not eligible if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit


 Applications can be made confidentially using the link below and we can offer confidential advice and assistance via the school office.

 Pupil Premium applications

Children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding will also be entitled to free school meals. We are able to offer hot school dinners to meet this entitlement. However if you claim, you do not have to take up the offer of the lunches but the school would still receive the additional funding which we can use to support learning in school.

"The Pupil Premium should remain as a key lever to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Its success will depend on the degree to which it is spent effectively."          The Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation July 2015

How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely, as all schools are accountable for the impact of the money spent. At West Horndon we pride ourselves on utilising Pupil Premium entitlement to maximise the outcomes and life opportunities for our students. In many cases the school may choose to use a whole school approach to raising standards and as such, other pupils who are not eligible for the funding may also benefit from the spend.   We constantly monitor pupil progress to ensure spending is evidence driven and that impact is paramount. Appropriate use of the funding is researched and discussed and follows guidance such as that provided by  The Sutton Trust. Currently the person responsible for Pupil Premium is the School Inclusion Manager & SENCO, Mrs Bolton who works closely with the Headteacher, Finance Manager and other staff to ensure the pupils needs are being meet in the best way possible. If you require further information about Pupil Premium, she can be contacted via the school office.

Further information on how West Horndon Primary School allocates Pupil Premium funding and the impact it has, can be found through the links below. The school may in the future use the funds in a variety of ways and no precedent is set by current use of pupil premium.