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Witton Middle School


Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant explained 


Pupil Premium (PP) is money allocated by the Government to improve pupil attainment and help overcome learning barriers.  In addition, schools currently receive a Recovery Premium Funding allocation to provide further support to those most affected by the pandemic.  Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools for:


  • Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years (including eligible children of families with no recourse to public funds).
  • Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care.
  • Children who are looked after by the local authority.


If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, even of you do not wish your child to take them up, please contact us or click on the link at the bottom of this page and apply, as this can unlock vital additional funding.  Similarly, if you are in need of specific support please do not hesitate to contact us.



Pupil Premium expenditure

Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils. 


In making provision for disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who are eligible for Pupil Premium will be disadvantaged. We also recognise that pupils may not qualify for Pupil Premium funding, but are still experiencing difficulty or are disadvantaged. Because of this the school has the discretion to allocate Pupil Premium Funding to support any child or group of children who require some form of additional support. Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible pupils.


Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when used across 3 areas.

  1. High-quality teaching, such as staff professional development.
  2. Targeted academic support, such as tutoring.
  3. Wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.


Service pupil premium (SPP)

Service Pupil Premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. It has been combined into pupil premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending.

Schools receive funding for every pupil with a parent who:

  • is serving in HM Forces (or has served during the previous 6 years)
  • has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence

This funding is primarily to help with pastoral support. It can also be used to help improve the academic progress of eligible pupils if schools deem this to be a priority.

Further information

Please click on the links below to access further information about the school's Pupil Premium Policy and Strategy.  Further information can also be found on the DfE (Department for Education) website.