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Pupil Premium

At Cam Woodfield Junior School, all pupils, including the most severely disadvantaged and the highly gifted, are regarded as unique individuals and receive both challenge and support designed to meet their needs.



  • Expectations are high for all pupil groups and individuals. We do not equate deprivation and challenge with low ability.
  • Not all pupils who qualify for FSM are socially disadvantaged and not all socially disadvantaged pupils qualify or are registered for FSM. We therefore focus on the needs and levels of progress of all pupils.

  • All teaching and learning strategies are designed to meet the needs of individuals and groups. Additional support is integrated into the teaching programme.

  • Research, trialling and self-evaluation are used in order to allocate the funding to activities that are most likely to have an impact on achievement.

  • In providing support we will not socially isolate pupils. Therefore, it is likely that all groups receiving additional support will be a mix of FSM and non-FSM pupils.

Pupil Premium & FSM

Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.

This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuation. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to diminish the difference between them and their classmates. Schools can also receive funding for pupils from service families.

Schools are allocated the pupil premium funding:

  • Children who have qualified for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years. (Ever 6 FSM). The school receives £1320 for each of these children.
  • Children who are in Local Authority Care (CIC) for at least 1 day. These children are awarded a premium of £1900.
  • A separate grant of £300 is paid to schools to enable them to support the emotional and social wellbeing, of service children.

How is the money spent?

Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would most benefit the children who are eligible.

Some common ways in which some schools spend their pupil premium funding include:

  • Extra 1-1 or small groups support for pupils within the classroom – particularly for Maths and English
  • Employing extra Teaching Assistants to work with pupils in class or for specific interventions, preteaching vocabulary, preteaching texts, speech and language support, extra reading support etc
  • Extra catch up sessions /tutoring 1-1/1-2
  • Providing music lessons for children with families who would not be able to pay for them.
  • funding before school club
  • paying for Parent Support Advisor – to support families and signposting to other services. Funding services such as teens in crisis, to support families.
  • Funding educational visits and trips
  • Investing in resources for pupil premium pupils.
  • Providing wider opportunities for pupil premium pupils.



Funding for 2017-18 - £52,380 (PP Strategy Statement to be added)

Funding for 2016-17 - £51,780 (See PDF document below)

Pupil Premium 2016-17

Pupil Premium Archive Documents