Pupil and Sport Premium Funding

Pupil Premium 

Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and to diminish the differences between them and their peers.


Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

·         generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school

·         often do not perform as well as their peers

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.


“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” Source – DfE website


At Elmlea Infant School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children, and we believe that every child should have equal access to all opportunities. We believe strongly that every pupil, given the right support and expectations, can be motivated to have a passion and thirst for knowledge, and with dedication and commitment to learning, can be successful.

We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools’ own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.

Pupil Premium Spending

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.

Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the trust and schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the Infant and Junior schools.

Targeted support is being provided through one-to-one and small group tuition.These interventions support children in knowing where they are and what they need to do to improve their work.

For some pupils a family may have been through unfortunate circumstances, such as a bereavement or family separation, which has put the family into challenging financial circumstances for a period of time.  By using the pupil premium support, we hope to eliminate any barriers to the child’s learning.  The support offered will be tailored to the needs of the  child.  For some it may be a mentor to support the child’s emotional well-being, while for other children it may be in the form of enrichment activities, while for others it may be one to one tuition to ‘catch up’ in maths and English.

Pupil Premium Strategy

Provides the following information:

·         how the pupil premium funding was allocated for the previous academic year
 and the impact of this expenditure on eligible pupils

·         the current funding allocation for the pupil premium grant

·         details of the main barriers to educational achievement for disadvantaged pupils

·         how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken

·         how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium

·         the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.

How does the School Measure the Impact of Pupil Premium?

To monitor progress on attainment, measures are included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.  At Elmlea Infant School, our continuous termly cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of needs, support and appropriate intervention.  Pupil Progress review meetings take place each term and include the Executive Headteacher (Lorraine Wright), the Deputy Headteacher Lee Daubney), the class teacher and the SENDCO (Jane Simmons).


At each Pupil Progress Review meeting, the school reviews the impact of actions taken and plans for how the funding will be specifically allocated over the next phase.  When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school.  There are some pupils who are not eligible for Pupil Premium who will also benefit from involvement in these groups, if their needs are similar, and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.

Monitoring the impact of the school’s Pupil Premium strategy is a regular item at both the Trust Executive and School Leadership Team meetings as well as the joint local governing body committee meetings.

Designated staff member in charge of Pupil Premium: Jane Simmons, Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO)

Nominated governor: Sarah Rosenburg

Eligibility for Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.

Pupil Premium is available to:

·         Children currently eligible and claiming free school meals

·         Looked after and previously looked after school (pupils who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order)

·         Service Premium for pupils with a parent who:

o    is serving in HM Forces

o    has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals or pupil premium please do check the information provided Pupil Premium and Free School Meals in Bristol.  If your child attends Elmlea Infant School and is already in receipt of Universal Free School Meals, if they are eligible for Free School Meals, please register as this affects school funding levels.


A parent may wish to check their child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium or free school meals, Bristol City Council has an online system for this.  You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number. In addition, you will need to provide your child’s name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.


Eligibility Criteria for Free School Meals


Your child may be eligible to receive free school meals if you get any of the following:

·         Income Support

·         income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

·         income-related Employment and Support Allowance

·         support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

·         the guaranteed element of Pension Credit

·         Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

·         Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

·         Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

Every child registered generates valuable income for the school. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child at Elmlea Infant or Elmlea Junior School, please speak to Lorraine Wright, Executive Headteacher.

Please find our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2019-2020 in the EIS Policies section.

PE and Sport Premium

The Primary PE and Sport Premium is a government-backed funding initiative aimed at helping primary schools across England improve their physical education and sport provisions.

The Board of Trustees and the joint local governing body committee are responsible for monitoring the impact of the PE and Sport Premium spending and issue an annual report.

Please find our PE and Sport Premium Report 2019-2020 in the EIS Policies section.


Additional information