The Pupil Premium

Click here to view the PP strategy 2021

Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.

This is based on research showing that children from low-income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.

Who is eligible?

  • Children in Reception to Year 6 who are, or have ever been, entitled to free school meals based on their family income: £1320 per pupil, per school year
  • Children in care: £2300 per pupil, per school year
  • Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2300 per pupil, per school year
  • Children recorded as being from service families: £300 per pupil, per school year


Children qualify for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less)
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less

These benefits have now been rolled into a single benefit, called Universal Credit.

Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.

Schools are responsible for recording the children who are eligible for pupil premium in their annual school census – you don’t have to do anything yourself, other than making sure you return any paperwork that relates to the benefits you receive or your child’s entitlement to free school meals.

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell their school – even if they’re in Reception or KS1 and receive universal school meals for infant pupils, or are in KS2 and take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim pupil premium.


How do we spend the Pupil Premium at Birdwell?

 Our Rationale:

At Birdwell Primary School, we believe that children learn and achieve at their best when they are happy and secure and when their needs are understood.  We understand that children bring a variety of levels of life experience and values to school with them each day but our intent is that the Pupil premium will help us to identify barriers in these experiences and address them.


Our approach to spending the Pupil Premium is focussed in 3 areas:


Quality First Teaching

We aim to provide an inclusive approach to pedagogy in which all pupils are confident, successful and ambitious.

We believe the best way to achieve this is to invest in the development of our staff, to provide our children with highly skilled, passionate and well-trained adults who understand the individual needs of our children (including our more disadvantaged pupils) and are driven to help them flourish and succeed.

Wider Strategies

We aim to identify the causes of the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers and create strong links between home and school to help us address them.

If there is a barrier to a child’s happiness, security or cultural experience we need to overcome it for them to succeed.  We invest in the support and encouragement our vulnerable families need.

Targeted Academic Support

Our aim is to target extra support where it is needed most, carefully tracking the progress of children receiving support and assessing the impact of that support.

We aim to tie out of class support as closely as possible to what the children do in class in order to support our inclusive approach.

We invest in the training and development of all the adults who support our pupils.



Please click on the links below to see how we have spent our money in the past:

Click here to view the Pupil-premium-strategy-2019-2020-

Birdwell Pupil Premium 2017-2018

Impact of Pupil Premium 2017-2018

Birdwell Pupil Premium 2018-2019

Impact of Pupil Premium 2018-2019


Please click on the links below to see our self-review and how we intend to spend the money this year:

Pupil-premium-strategy 2019-2020 {draft document currently under review}