Pupil Premium Allocation

What is Pupil Premium and how should it be used?

The Pupil Premium is funding in addition to the school’s budget and is based on the number of children eligible for free school meals (FSM), Children Looked After (CLA) and for those children whose parents are currently in the Armed Forces.

‘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

The school will use this money to support systems and processes which ensure continued progress and academic achievement for those in vulnerable groups – FSM, Children in Care, children working below age related expectations, children with prior attainment from KS1 below the expected standard.

At Chilham St. Mary’s Church of England Primary School our aims are:

• To ensure that high quality teaching and learning meets the needs of all pupils.
• To 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.

The biggest impact on a pupil’s learning comes from quality first teaching and learning from well qualified and trained staff. Staff Continued Professional Development helps to support this.

Sir John Dunford states it is important for schools to ‘keep their focus relentlessly on the quality of teaching and learning in school.’

What is the school’s allocation of Pupil Premium?   


What percentage of children are eligible for Pupil Premium?

The figures for Pupil Premium Eligibility are taken from the January census. At this time, we had 29% of pupils on roll who were eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. All of these were identified under the Ever 6 category, (i.e. in receipt of Free School Meals at any point in the past six years).

What are the barriers to learning:

These are some of the barriers to learning that affect some of the pupils to varying extents:

• Emotional wellbeing
• Specific SEND factors
• Narrow extra-curricular experiences
• Attendance and punctuality
• Home factors

What will the Pupil Premium Funding be spent on over the coming year?

• Additional TA time to provide individualised and small group intervention
• Additional SENCO time to provide a good level of support for staff to ensure quality first teaching and timely, effective interventions for children to enable them to make good progress and flourish
• Weekly forest school and outdoor learning sessions to promote the holistic development of children and staff, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners
• Training of a teaching assistant in Drawing and Talking to support pupils’ social and emotional needs

For a more detailed breakdown and monitoring of this spending, please refer to our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2019 – 2020

Pupil Premium Policy Statement 2019 – 2020


Pupil Premium Policy Statement 2018 – 2019

Pupil Premium Document 2018 – 2019