St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School

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Pupil Premium


What is Pupil Premium?

As defined by the Department for Education:

‘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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).


Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.


Sometimes there can be confusion between children receiving free meals in the Infants with the Pupil Premium Grant. All Infant children have the option of having a free hot dinner. Depending on certain criteria, some children qualify for FSM (the old Free School Meal entitlement), which would in turn qualify them for The Pupil Premium Grant. It is definitely worth applying for FSM if you are eligible as the funding is used to directly benefit your child.

What are our main barriers to learning?

We do not have many children who receive the PPG and they tend to have individual needs but the most common barrier to learning is pupils with English as an Additional Language and Emotional Needs.

The School is fully committed to supporting pupils for whom the pupil premium provides support. We will target support specifically to raise academic attainment of these pupils while also providing them with pastoral care needed to achieve their potential.



  • To ensure that these pupils receive the highest quality provision.

  • To narrow any gaps by addressing inequalities and raising the attainment and progress of these pupils relative to the rest of the cohort.

  • To provide personalised support for these pupils.

  • To ensure that these pupils have full access to our curriculum and extra-curricular provision.

Pupil Premium Strategy Document 2023-26