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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium and Catch up Funding 2019-2021



The pupil premium is allocated to schools in respect of children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. This applies to both mainstream and non-mainstream settings. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit to “close the gap” between children from disadvantaged circumstances and those above the low-income threshold – it is not linked to a specific child, but is to be used for overall impact. However, we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

Our School

In 2019-2020 Lark Hill Community Primary School received £333,530 based on 248 pupils who either received Free School Meals or who are Looked After Children or post Looked After Children. This equates to approximately 49% of the pupils on roll.

In 2020-2021 Lark Hill Community Primary School received £306,977 based on 273 pupils who either received Free School Meals or who are Looked After Children or post Looked After Children. This equates to approximately 56% of the pupils on roll.

Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. At Lark Hill we have analysed our barriers for learning, which include low speech and language skills on-entry into Nursery and Reception, gaps between boys and girls in all areas in Reception, gaps between disadvantaged boys and girls in KS1 in reading, writing and Mathematics, low progress and attainment in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and GPS in KS2 at expected and greater depth school readiness, identified lack of some parental engagement including attendance, issues associated with mental health and disadvantage and COVID-19.

Pupil premium spending decisions are reached by an analysis of pupil outcome data and termly monitoring in school. Progress and impact is measured using Strengths and Difficulties’ Questionnaires (SDQ); Boxall Assessments as well as qualitative feedback, including pupil voice.

Our Key Ethos and Aims Include:

  • Lark Hill adopts a whole school approach where all staff are accountable for our pupil premium children. It is also a key focus for SLT.
  • We strive to ensure that there will be no gap in progress or attainment between pupil premium children and non-pupil premium children.
  • Pupil premium funds will directly benefit and target pupil premium children, they will be specifically tailored to meet their individual and group needs.
  • Expenditure is evaluated using key performance indicators, including attendance, attainment, progress and punctuality.
  • Pupil premium is a key focus of teaching and learning and plays a crucial part in planning, monitoring and assessment cycles within school.
  • Direct involvement by all stakeholders including our Governors.
  • Governors are to be fully involved in the monitoring and evaluation of the Pupil Premium interventions, analysis and costings.

Our pupil premium strategy and impact report can be found on this page.

All of the above is underpinned by our core school values of NURTURE; ACHIEVE and RESPECT.