Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.


The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is aimed at Reception to Year 11 pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).  This category now includes any child who has been registered for FSM in the past 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

The funding also covers children in care aged 4–15 who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. These are referred to as Children Looked After (CLA). A service premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces. We always ensure that matters regarding the use of the Pupil Premium Grant are treated sensitively and with discretion.  We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils and we recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.

In the academic year 2020-21, Ecclesbourne Primary School will have an allocation of £211,165 for PPG

Summary of main barriers to achievement in academic year 2021/22

The academic year in both 2019-20 and 2020-21 were severely disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic and lock downs affecting school attendance.  This resulted in no national testing at the end of key stages.  Nevertheless, we have used in school data to identify target areas for the use Pupil Premium funding:


  • Ensuring access for vulnerable and disadvantaged children to technology required for online learning;
  • Supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged children most impacted through the pandemic with food, clothing and other support ;
  • Ensure that the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged children is supported as children return to school;
  • Ensuring that identified children who have ‘lost learning’ as a result of the pandemic are supported to close gaps.
  • Monitor and target PPG children across the school to ensure that the performance of PPG children in all cohorts is in line with non-disadvantaged peers and where it is not put support in place to diminish the difference;
  • Monitor and target PPG children with high prior attainment (more able) to ensure high achievement

How we will spend PPG to address these barriers in the academic year 2021/22

We aim to target our spending to overcome these main barriers by:

  • Funding 1:1 and small group support from teachers and teaching assistants to address areas where learning is either falling behind or could be further accelerated;
  • Funding educational experiences for eligible children which enhance the curriculum and engender a life-long love of learning;
  • Investing in reading support software and on line resources to support the development of reading at home;
  • Investing in technology to allow children to access learning at home;
  • Where appropriate, supporting with after-school and pre-school care and clubs so that stability is established and attendance or punctuality can be addressed;
  • Developing our pastoral support service with our Learning Mentor to address barriers holistically.

How we measure the impact of our PPG spending during the academic year 2021/22

We will measure the impact of our pupil premium spending by:

  • Analysing future performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers;
  • Analysing in year data which looks at the progress and attainment of different groups of pupils within the school on a termly basis;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the outcome of teacher and TA led intervention work regularly.
  • The review of the impact of our PPG spending strategy is ongoing throughout the year and reported to MACs (Governors) on a termly basis.


First published on 17th October, 2017 and modified 22nd September, 2021

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