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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium funding is money specifically set aside by the Government to target the attainment gap between pupils from deprived backgrounds and their more affluent peers. This gap persists through all stages of education, including entry into higher education.



  • The highest early achievers from deprived backgrounds are overtaken by lower achieving children from advantaged backgrounds by age seven. 
  • The gap widens further during secondary education and persists into higher education. 
  • The likelihood of a pupil eligible for Free School Meals achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics is less than one third of a non-Free School Meals pupil. 
  • A pupil from a non-deprived background is more than twice as likely to go on to study at university as their deprived peer. 


These are the categories of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding in Primary schools:

  • Pupils in Reception or year groups 1 to 6 recorded as having been entitled to Free School Meals at any point in the previous 6 years;
  • Looked After children;
  • Service children recorded as 'ever 4 service children' or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.


At Earlsmead, we are very keen to ensure every child, whatever their background, has the opportunity to do well. Throughout the year as pupils are assessed, progress and attainment are discussed, and additional support is put in place to narrow gaps. The added complexity at Earlsmead is that throughout the year, lots of pupils join from all over the UK and indeed the world; and lots of pupils leave too!


It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium allocated to their school is spent. The impact of this spending is then assessed throughout the year in order to inform the next year’s spending.