Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding schools receive to help support disadvantaged pupils of all abilities, to perform better and diminish the difference between them and their peers.

Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools based on the January Census information.

How does Service Pupil Premium differ from Pupil Premium?

Service Pupil Premium funding is additional funding received by schools to help provide additional support for pupils who have one of their parents serving in the regular armed forces.

The purpose of this funding is primarily to provide pastoral support for service children, whereas the Pupil Premium was introduced to raise attainment and accelerate progress within disadvantaged groups.

Is your child eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant?

Please note that the criteria for Pupil Premium (which used to be called “free school meals funding”) is the same, regardless of method of checking eligibility, but for the online service all you need to do is enter your name, national insurance number or asylum number, your address and your child’s details.  Press ‘submit’ and you will find out if you are eligible.

If your result comes back ‘found’, this means your child is eligible for Pupil Premium and the system automatically tells the school. In this way we get some extra funding for your child which we can use to help improve outcomes for those who need a little extra support.

So PLEASE – check today if you are eligible to help us help your children. Just click on the link: https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/hants. Don’t be put off by the term “free meal” – because of course at Infant schools all the children get a free school meal – the Pupil Premium funding is separate and based purely on eligibility.

If you require any support with this, please contact the School Office: email: admin@pinewood.hants.sch.uk or call 01252 511885

 How is the Pupil Premium Grant spent?

The Government allows the school to determine how best to spend the Pupil Premium Grant as long as it is for:

  • the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
  • for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
  • spent on community facilities; for example, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated


Looked After Children Pupil Premium Funding

This is managed by the designated Virtual School Head (VSH) in the local authority with responsibility for the child. The funding is allocated to be used for the benefit of the looked after child’s educational needs as set out in their Personal Education Plan (PEP). At Pinewood Infant School, the designated teacher for looked after children is Mrs Carolyn Burleigh (Deputy Headteacher).

Evidence based research

At Pinewood Infant School, we recognise the importance of targeting Pupil Premium funding carefully to address barriers to learning and provide targeted support, teaching and learning opportunities in order to maximise progress and attainment.

Where possible, we select strategies and approaches that are evidenced based, using research to support our decisions. This is reflected in our current Pupil Premium Strategy below.

Pupil Premium Strategies

Please click on the document links below to view a copy of the school’s Pupil Premium Strategy for the relevant year:

Pupil Premium statement 19-20

Pupil Premium statement 20-21

Catch up Funding

Please click on the document link below to view a copy of the school’s Catch up Funding:

Covid Catch-Up Premium Plan

How do we monitor and measure the impact of the Pupil Premium Grant?

Each year we consider the impact of each of the strategies we have identified in our Pupil Premium Strategy. We consider pupil progress and attainment in addition to the social and emotional benefits of strategies. We use this information, coupled with pupil and parent surveys and /or focus groups, to help inform our spending decisions for the following year.

Further reading

If you are interested in learning more about Pupil Premium Funding, please use the following links and documents:

Pupil Premium: funding and accountability for schools


The pupil premium: how schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement


Nasen. The Pupil Premium: A quick guide to maximising the impact of additional funding for disadvantaged pupils


The Pupil Premium: an update (2014)


Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils (2015)


Effective support for disadvantaged pupils’ achievement (2015)