What is Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The 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. Pupil premium funding is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:

• Registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.
• Have been looked after for 1 day or more or were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005.

In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive £1,320 for each primary-aged pupil eligible for FSM at any point in the last 6 years and £1,900 for each ‘looked-after’ child. 


Who is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?

Eligibility for Free School Meals
A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2). The link is: You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number.  In addition, you will need to provide your child's name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.

Eligibility Criteria
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following: 

• Income Support
• Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
• Income related Employment and Support Allowance
• Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

• Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit 

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form.  Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school. 


Pupil Premium Spending:

 “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 pupils within their responsibility.” 
Source - DfE website 

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children. These interventions, along with quality first teaching are having a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief. Click here for Dfe letter. Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that all groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school and we consistently do this.


Information to be published to parents:

In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their Pupil Premium strategy. This should include:

In the previous academic year:2015-16
• How the pupil premium allocation was spent
• The impact of the expenditure on eligible and other pupils

The current academic year: 2016-17 
• The amount of the school's allocation of pupil premium grant
• Details of the main barriers to educational achievement
• How the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
• How the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
• The date of the next pupil premium strategy review.


How will the school measure the impact of the Pupil Premium?

At Pinner Wood School, to monitor progress on attainment, the cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment through Pupil Progress and Provision meetings will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. We will review the impact of actions taken and will plan for how the funding will be specifically allocated. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils, who are not eligible for PP, who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets. Pinner Wood School has identified the following as barriers for some of the pupils currently in receipt of Pupil Premium:  

• Access to language 
• Access to extra-curricular activities – participation in physical/creative/ activities.
• Access to educational experiences such as trips, music lessons and school journeys.
• Attendance.
• Completion of homework.
• The number of pupils who are in receipt of Pupil Premium and also on the SEN register.
• Behaviour – pupils with specific social and emotional needs which affect their learning.


Headteacher – Mrs D Spruce
Latimer Gardens, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 3RA
Telephone No: 0208 868 2468
Fax No: 0208 429 1629

E-mail: office@pinnerwood.harrow.sch.uk