Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils on roll that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years; Children who are Looked After (CLA) and for service families.


  • The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
  • In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium,  is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
  • Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

Overview of PP Impact at St Matthew’s

KS1 SATs 2019 – children who were working at Age Related Expectation


Reading Writing Maths
PP 37.5% 37.5% 37.5%
Non PP 82.5% 82.5% 82.5%

KS2 SATs 2019 – children who were working at
Age Related Expectation

  KS2 SATs 2019
Reading Writing GPS Maths Combined
PP 65.7% 65.7% 68.6% 77.1% 54%
Non PP 87% 87% 92.6% 90.7% 83%


Assessment and tracking tools to enhance our ability to set challenging and achievable targets for these children. 

PP has been used for the following at St. Matthew’s:

  • Booster groups
  • Pastoral Support
  • Lunchtime support for vulnerable pupils
  • Additional TA support to provide highly targeted 1:1 and small group support in class
  • Trips, clubs and school visits
  • Resources to support specific children
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided by trained TAs or external agencies
  • Forest School
  • Expert Teachers to support wider curriculum
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Dog

Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil premium strategy statement – 2019-20