Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium (PP) is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement. These include pupils who are;

  • entitled to free school meals or have been within the last 6 years
  • looked after by the local authority or adopted
  • children of armed service personnel.

At Southill Primary School

  • We aim to ensure that high quality teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of our pupils;
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed;
  • In making provision for disadvantaged pupils, we acknowledge that not all pupils who receive free school meals (FSM) will be disadvantaged and that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals;
  • We ensure that the targeted and strategic use of Pupil Premium funding is determined following a thorough needs analysis of all children.

Strategy Statement

(updated December 2023)

Key priorities

  • Our core aim, when allocating Pupil Premium funding, is to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils so that their performance compares favourably with non-disadvantaged peers.

What we expect to see

Outstanding teaching and learning is paramount to the success and progress of all pupils including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. This remains a consistent and relentless focus in our school. In addition to this, targeted intervention and support strategies are deployed in order to:

  • improve levels of attainment and progress;
  • close attainment gaps relative to school averages;
  • enhance reading, writing, mathematics and communication skills;
  • engage children in education, learning, enjoyment and aspiration through comprehensive extra-curricular provision;
  • offer pastoral support in the form of social and emotional or family support;
  • have a clear focus on all disadvantaged pupils, including those with SEND and more able pupils;
  • support pupils in becoming aspirational, confident and successful learners.

Leadership and Management

Clear leadership responsibilities are now based on the progress and accountability of disadvantaged pupils these include:

  • Leadership and management of an intensive identification and analysis process
  • Rigorous tracking and monitoring measures to ensure pupils who are not reaching their full potential have been identified and have appropriate intervention and support in place
  • Rigorous tracking and monitoring of attendance and punctuality
  • Enhancement of leadership structure and practice through the further development of Unit Leaders with a specific focus on disadvantage and gender
  • Release time for teachers to meet with and work alongside the Pupil Premium Leader


The Pupil Premium Leader produces termly reports for the Governing Body on:

  • The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by class and year group, for disadvantaged pupils
  • An outline of current provision
  • Next steps for continual progress

The Governors of the school ensure that there is an annual report to parents and carers on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’ for disadvantaged pupils.  This report is published on this website page.

Our nominated Governor link for Pupil Premium funding is Keith Evans.

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