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What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help address the underachievement of pupils from low income families.

The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools annually. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium will be spent since schools are considered best placed to access what provision should be made for the pupils that they are responsible for. However, schools must report annually on how it has been spent and on its impact. New performance tables also capture the achievement of disadvantaged pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.

The Department for Education classifies a pupil as ‘disadvantaged’ if they meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Pupils in any year group from reception to year 11 that have been entitled to free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • Looked-after children as defined in the Children Act 1989
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • Children in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence

Barriers to Achievement

National and in-school data shows that, as a group, pupils eligible for the pupil premium face barriers to educational attainment.

Common barriers to underachievement include poor numeracy and/or literacy skills, below average attendance and low aspirations or emotional wellbeing. However we recognise that every child is an individual and so we do not label students. Instead we seek to tackle under performance wherever and whenever it occurs by working to understand students’ individual barriers to learning and then addressing these in lesson where possible.

The main barriers to educational achievement are:

  • Pupil progress and achievement – gaps in prior learning need to be closed with children reaching national benchmarks for progress in reading, writing and maths.
  • Emotional and learning support – targeted support for emotional barriers and trauma.
  • Speech and Language – need to improve oracy specific skills to support children’s learning.
  • Attendance – to improve absenteeism with targeted families
  • Access to resources and cultural experiences – to provide a wide range of experiences which inspires and motivates and has positive benefits on learning. 

Our Vision

Our school vision is to provide an exceptional education for all students, whether disadvantaged or not.

We have a moral imperative to ensure that all students have the best possible start in life and so seek provide all students with equal opportunities to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially.

Our pupil premium is used to support a range of activities and resources, which support students, whose achievement or whose progress is lower than it should be.

To this end, we aim to ensure that:

  • all students benefit from the ‘Crayford Advantage’ by making outstanding academic progress in relation similar students locally and nationally
  • every young person classified as ‘disadvantaged’ by the DfE benefits directly from the Pupil Premium funding that the school receives
  • any differences in outcomes between disadvantaged students and their peers are closely monitored using in-school reporting mechanisms
  • we recognise that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Therefore we reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any student or groups of students the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged
  • parents of disadvantaged children understand they can make a positive contribution to their children's achievement in school by engaging in school processes and recognising that parent involvement can make a difference

Pupil Numbers and Funding Received

The details below are based on Pupil Premium funding received by Crayford Primary. 

Use of Pupil Premium Funding at Haberdashers’ Crayford Primary

Our Pupil Premium is used to provide a range of activities and resources which support identified pupils to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially.

The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face at Haberdashers’ Crayford Primary are complex and varied.  We conduct termly pupil progress meetings with each class teacher to discuss pupil premium children on a case-by-case basis.  The impact of the pupil premium is reviewed termly by the senior leadership team and governors.  There is an annual review of the school’s pupil premium strategy and this impacts the new academic year.

 Pupil Premium Strategy 2023-24