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Pupil Premium

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for free school meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium for 2012–13 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel and children adopted from care. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they are accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups.

(Ofsted: The Pupil Premium: How schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement, 2013)


 Principles of Pupil Premium expenditure at North Petherton Primary School


  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils at North Petherton Community Primary School.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups. This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged, children looked after, services children and children who have been adopted, are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
  • Pupil Premium funding will address a full range of needs including educational, social and emotional support and provision.
  • We 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.
  • We also recognise that not all Pupil Premium pupils will be below age related expectations in reading, writing and maths. Pupil Premium resources will also be used to target children working above expectations, ensuring that all pupils are making or exceeding expected progress.