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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of learners who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). 


The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers. The Pupil Premium also provides funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and the children of service personnel.


The DfE has given schools the freedom to use the Pupil Premium as we see fit, based on our knowledge of our pupil needs.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual students within their responsibility,’ DfE


However, we are accountable for the use of this additional funding.


Pupil Premium Grant

Dinnington Community Primary School recognises that all children regardless of background should have equal access to a curriculum, which will enable them to reach their potential. The pupil premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, which research shows underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. The Governing Body and Senior Leadership Team of Dinnington Community Primary School accept the responsibility for the use of the school’s Pupil Premium Funding to address the underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), children in Local Authority care and their peers.  The funding will be used to remove barriers to learning and ensure each student participates fully in all aspects of school life and reaches his/her full potential


At Dinnington Community Primary School:

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. At least 70% of any group will be made up of FSM children
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time