Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium 

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils.

The Pupil Premium is additional to main school funding and it will be used by this school to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

In June 2019 the Education Endowment Foundation published a guidance document for schools about the effective use of PP. EEF Guide LINK Part of the recommendations is that selecting a small number of priorities and giving them the best chance to succeed is key. The rational for spending decisions can be seen through the information below.


    • The Pupil Premium is used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils ;
    • The funding is used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers ;
    • As far as its powers allow the school will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children  eligible for Pupils Premium and others ;
    • We will ensure that the additional funding reaches the pupils who need it most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.


    • Pupil Premium is clearly identifiable within the budget ;
    • The Head teacher, in consultation with  senior  staff, will decide how the Pupil Premium is spent for the benefit of entitled pupils ;
    • The school will assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils ;
    • The school will be accountable for how it has used the additional funding to support the achievement of those pupils covered by  the Pupil Premium and the Head teacher will report to the governing body on how effective the intervention has been in achieving its aims;
    • We will ensure that governors and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium ;
    • We will seek to further develop strategies and interventions which can improve the progress and attainment of these pupils ;

Quality First Teaching is Key.  However if a pupil has been identified as underachieving, or  possibly having special educational needs,  they will be closely monitored by teaching staff in order to gauge their level of learning and possible difficulties. Parents will be informed fully of every stage of their child’s development and the circumstances under which they are being monitored. They are encouraged to share information and knowledge with the school.

What was the effect of the spending last year?

A report on how the 2019/2020 budget was spent and the impact of that spend is available.

How much have we been allocated this year? Financial year 2020/2021

    • This financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. For Bitterley school this will be approx: £8000
    • Through wise use of this additional funding we are fully committed to ensuring that the individual needs of each entitled child are met. As a result of the additional funding, these children will make better progress and achieve higher standards that would have been likely without it.
    • The child’s class teacher will take steps to provide differentiated learning opportunities that will aid the pupil’s academic progression and enable the teacher to better understand the provision and teaching style that needs to be applied. Interventions will be monitored, progress assessed and adjustments to differentiation made where necessary.
    • Any pupils who are falling significantly outside of the range of expected academic achievement in line with predicted performance indicators and grade boundaries will be monitored by the Headteacher, the class teachers and Ms Jones the SEN lead, and interventions put in place.
    • We will ensure that these pupils are treated equally and as favourably as others and that the additional funding is used well to address the challenges they face. The school will use the additional funding to promote the achievement and progress of all entitled pupils, paying particular regard to the effectiveness of quality first teaching for all vulnerable groups, including pupil premium.

 Monies available are as follows:

  • £1,345 for pupils at Primary School who have ever qualified for the premium, even if the family is not currently in receipt of the premium
  • Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £300 per term of pupil premium funding.
  • Schools will also receive £2,345 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.

How will we spend our allocation this year? 2020/2021 Pupil Premium Plan

Our income will be used in a variety of ways including:

What is the intended impact?
1 to 1 and small group tuition in Reading, writing and Maths.  That any gaps in academic achievement are addressed so that all relevant children achieve the expected or better standard at the end of the academic year.
1 to 1 therapy support – we a very fortunate to have a member of staff who is very experience in this area. That any social or emotional needs are met with additional support where necessary.

To support pupils in overcoming any issues that maybe a barrier to progress including behaviour. 

Support with uniform or equipment needs. That all children have what they need to be part of the school community. 
Residential Trip Support To support attendance at all crucial activities throughout the year.
Teacher and teacher assistant training To continue to develop the professional development of the teaching body with the impact of furthering the Quality First teaching experience for the children.
This is not an exhaustive list. The funding may also be used in other ways, according to need.

How will we measure the impact of our approach?

Impact will be measured on a daily basis by teaching staff. It will be measured weekly by staff in staff meetings as a standing agenda item. It will be measured during the 30 day and 60 points in the assessment cycle during progress meetings. It will be measured in many other ways including less quantitative but tangible ways such as participation in class time, attitude towards learning, etc.