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What is the purpose of the Pupil Premium?

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help students from low income families who are eligible for free school meals (or have been in the last 6 years), looked after children and those from families with parents in the armed forces. In particular, the main aim of the Pupil Premium is to raise the achievement of these students and to close the attainment gap between these students and those not entitled to Pupil Premium support. Nationally, these students achieve at a level significantly below those not entitled and in secondary education the national trend is that the achievement gap widens even further.


How much Pupil Premium money does Northdown Primary School receive?

In 2017-18 approximately £270,600


How is the money spent?

The Pupil Premium makes additional intervention programmes possible for students who do not make enough progress. Intervention programmes are based around in class, small group or one to one support, not just focusing on core academic skills, but also pastoral or attendance support. Part of the money is spent on extra staffing so that class sizes are smaller.


We also allocate part of the funding to provide students with enrichment activities, such as trips and visits. The decision on how the funding is spent is based on research which shows, which strategies work best and are most likely to have the greatest impact.


How will parents know how the money is spent?

The progress of all students is tracked by throughout the year and the 6 assessment points quickly allow us to check what impact interventions are making. If a student takes place in an intervention programme we track the impact throughout to measure improvement.


How can you get more information?

For more information please contact Mrs Todd (Headteacher) and if you are not sure whether your child is eligible for Free School Meals or would like more information about how you should go about claiming an entitlement, please contact School Reception, in confidence.


For further information from the DfE, please click here



How Pupil Premium was spent at Northdown Primary school in 2016/17

Total allocation: £253,440


All additional spending is to ensure that children entitled to Pupil Premium make at least expected progress and attain national expected levels so that attainment gaps are eradicated.

£19,698 – Additional member of staff for KS1 interventions

£32,831 – Additional member of staff for KS2 interventions

£32,000 – Pupil support manager

£42,000 – Reading Recovery Teacher

£40,943 – 1:1 support provided to six different children

£36,247 – Place 2 Be

£7,000 – Speech & Language therapist

£8,400 – Educational Welfare Officer

£10,000 – New Literacy scheme

£15,000 – Educational enrichment

£4850 – Good to be Green and Positive Behaviour for Learning

£4,000 – Breakfast club

£1,000 – Easter school

£1,400 – Forest schools

Total spend £255,096



Pupil Premium Spending 2017 -2018