What is The Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the government in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with and support pupils from low-income families, 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 have been looked after continuously for more than six months (CLA), and children of service personnel.

The Secretary of State for Education lays down the following terms and conditions on which assistance is given in relation to the pupil premium grant (PPG) payable to schools and local authorities for the financial year beginning 1 April 2016.PPG provides funding for two policies:

  • Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
  • Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Pupil Premium at John Wheeldon Primary School

To download details on the provision of Pupil Premium at John Wheeldon Primary Academy click this link below.

Pupil Premium Statement 2023-2024

Pupil Premium Statement 2022/23

Click here for Pupil Premium Statement 2021/22

Click here to view Pupil Premium Statement 2020/21

Click here to view Pupil Premium Statement 2019/20

Click here to view Pupil Premium Review 2018/19

Click here to view Pupil Premium Costings 2018/19

Click here to view Pupil Premium Statement 2017/18

Click here to view Pupil Premium Costings 2017/18

Our Principles for Pupil Premium

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils.
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are assessed and addressed in timely manner.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also 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. At least 70% of any group will be made up of FSM children.
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.

Pupil Premium Provision


All year groups are provided with a budget to provide or part fund enrichment activities such as ‘WOW’ days and educational visits.

Some students are also subsidised for educational visits and outdoor educational visits using the funding.

Part payment/funding towards Music specialist time.

Peripatetic music tuition is funded for some pupils.

Emotional Support

Nurture groups

To fund additional Nurture groups for behaviour support and emotional support etc

Breakfast Club

To provide a free breakfast for children identified through the family support worker and have a ‘nurture’ style discussion to prepare children for their learning.

During the year all children throughout the school are assessed and their progress tracked. Children who, for whatever reason, show signs of not making appropriate progress will be identified and relevant strategies put in to place.

Measuring Impact – How do we know if this is making a difference?

The impact of all intervention strategies will be measured and reported on at the end of the academic year as well as interim measuring of impact throughout each term.


It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher to produce regular reports for the Local Academy Council (LAC) committee on:

  • the progress made towards closing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils.
  • an outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting.
  • an evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support.

The Councillors of John Wheeldon Primary Academy will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘Closing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education.

Katrina Gibson  (Responsible for Pupil Premium)

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