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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and looked after children and their peers, by ensuring that the funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the children who most need it.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who are looked after and children of service personnel.


The government believes that Head Teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • The performance tables which show how the performance of disadvantaged pupils compares with their peers
  • The Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
  • The reports for parents that schools have to publish online

The report should include the school’s Pupil Premium allocation in respect of the current academic year; details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent; details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent and the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school.

Pupil Premium Spending Principles at Darrick Wood

Darrick Wood School recognises that all pupils should be supported to achieve to the best of their ability and that Pupil Premium funding should be used to overcome any barriers to learning that an individual pupil may face.

Darrick Wood seeks to achieve the following goals through Pupil Premium funding:

  1. Improve academic achievement and close any achievement gaps
  2. Improve attendance, support behaviour and maintain inclusion
  3. Ensure full access to the curriculum including literacy and numeracy skills
  4. Raise aspirations and provide appropriate careers guidance and planning
  5. Broaden enrichment and extra-curricular activities

The Pupil Premium funding is used in an integrated way to ensure that entitled children receive the opportunity for additional support. The aim is to close the disadvantage gap by raising the attainment of those pupils from low-income families and, indirectly, other pupils too.

Pupil Premium Spending Plans 2018-2019
Pupil Premium Spending Plans 2017-2018
Pupil Premium Spending and Impact Report 2016-2017
Pupil Premium Spending Plans 2016-2017
Pupil Premium Spending and Impact Report 2015-2016
Pupil Premium Spending Plans 2015-2016
Pupil Premium Spending and Impact Report 2014-2015
Pupil Premium Spending Plans 2014-2015
Pupil Premium Spending and Impact Report 2013-2014

Catch Up Premium

When first introduced, the “catch up premium” was paid to secondary schools for each pupil in Year 7 who did not achieve at least Level 4 in reading and/or maths at the end of Key Stage 2. The funding is £500 per pupil and the money is to be used by schools to support pupils to improve their literacy and numeracy. Schools can choose to use the funding in the way that is most suitable to meet the needs of their pupils. With the removal of National Curriculum levels, we now use Key Stage 2 scaled scores to identify pupils who may be in need of additional support.

At Darrick Wood School the catch up premium is used in the following ways:

  • To implement a programme of intensive one-to-one or one-to-two literacy tuition
  • To provide smaller class sizes in English and Mathematics
  • To provide books, guides and other resources to support improved literacy and numeracy
  • To provide in-class LSA support
  • To ensure pupils could access support after school including homework clubs
Catch up Premium 2018-19
Catch up Premium 2017-18
Catch up Premium 2016-17
Catch up Premium 2015-16
Catch up Premium 2014-15
Catch up Premium 2013-14