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Pupil Premium

At Willesborough Infant School we are committed to 'diminishing the difference' and improving academic achievement and outcomes for disadvantaged pupils

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Pupil Premium

Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of children who may be at a disadvantage

The pupil premium funding is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible.  A child who has received ‘Income and credit based Free School Meals’ within the last 6 years or a child who has been looked after under local authority care for more than one day, will be given pupil premium funding.  It can also be received for a child whose parent works within the armed forces.

Income and credit based Free School Meals eligibility criteria

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of State 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

‘Free School Meals’

There are two types of free school meals available from the government:

  • Universal Free School Meals (UFSM) entitles every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 to a “free school meal”.  It is not income based and all children in those year groups can receive them.
  • Income and Credit Based Free School Meals is linked to your income and any credits or benefits you may be receiving.  Children from Foundation stage to year 11 are eligible.  You may be entitled to this if you meet the eligibility criteria.

So… what does it all mean for an Infant school?

Children at Willesborough Infant School all receive a universal free school meal.  However if you met the eligibility criteria for Income and Credit Based Free School Meals in Foundation stage, Year 1 and 2 your child’s school will also receive £1,320 each year, for the next 6 years.  The pupil premium that the school receives for your child will directly benefit their education.  All schools produce a statement about how their pupil premium funding is spent each year and the impact that it has.  Schools must work with disadvantaged pupils to ‘diminish the difference’.


Amount of Pupil Premium allocated to Willesborough Infant school











How much do we get allocated?

Each year in October a main school census is taken. 

Children marked as entitled to a ‘Income and Credit Based Free School Meal’ at this time or within the last 6 years will be allocated a Pupil Premium.  This is paid directly to the school and will be used to directly benefit the education of Pupil Premium children.  The school can spend the Pupil Premium in many different ways to ‘diminish the difference’ based on barriers they have identified and outlined in their strategy statement.

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

Outcomes of the previous years spending of the Pupil Premium

How can I help my child to receive Pupil Premium?  

When your child is offered a place at Willesborough Infant school you are given a Pupil Premium eligibility form as part of the admissions pack. 

When given back to the school, it is used to find out if your child is entitled to Pupil Premium.  If your circumstances change at any point in your child's education and you think your child is eligible for Pupil Premium you can fill in the form, give it to school and have your eligibility assessed.  Please ask in the school office for a Pupil Premium eligibility form or alternatively, you can print off the form below and hand it into the school office.  

Pupil Premium Eligibility Form

Some of the exciting ways we use our Pupil Premium

We have created a scrap-booking session where families come together with their children to review their learning, hobbies and interests.  The aim of the sessions are to provide focused time together in school  that support good well-being, involvement and aspiration for learning.  Families who attend, create a scrapbook together. Parents and carers take the time to feed back to their child about their learning and achievement. They discuss their child's next steps, targets or learning goals.  Each session is different and is improved every time because of the positive feedback we enjoy from parents and children. 


We have many fantastic lunchtime clubs on offer to support the children making friends, joining in and having fun.  We have Library club, Scooter club, Fun club, Sports club, Playtime Pals and Corridor club run by experienced members of staff delivering this provision daily for the children.  All children are able to access this provision and it supports their overall well-being and involvement at school. 


We provide extra learning support for pupils at all stages of their learning journey.  Specialist teaching assistants come into lessons to provide additional guided support for groups of children alongside their class teacher and teaching assistant.  We have experienced teachers who lead 'spotlight activities' across the academic year.  All support is needs led and based on children’s individual targets or areas for development. ​ Our pupil premium champions review the progress and achievement of our year one and two children every term in their 'amazing me' sessions.  The children share their mathematics and English work as well as read with their champion.  They set termly SMART targets together, to help move their learning on to the next stage. 


We offer many different opportunities and experiences for all our children.  They may take part in mindfulness days, science dome experiences, school trips and visits from inspiring individuals. 


We provide additional advice and support to improve attendance for our pupil premium children.  We have regular meetings in school and invite parents in to provide help and support with their child's attendance. We provide strong incentives for the children to attend school everyday and create opportunities for parents and children to attend sessions in school together. 



What could Pupil Premium look like for my child?