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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?


The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011 and aimed to ‘address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most’. There are three main groups of ‘disadvantaged’ pupils:

  • Those registered for free school meals (FSM), plus those who have claimed FSM at any point in the last six years.
  • Those who have been looked after children (LAC) continuously by the local authority for more than six months.
  • Those who are children of service personnel or from 2013, those whose parents have been killed in service and receive a service pension.


Parents can claim FSM for their children if they receive benefits that include:

  • Income support
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Child tax credit but NOT working tax credit and the household income is not more that £16,190. (Anyone receiving working tax credit, regardless of income, will not qualify)
  • The guarantee element of state pension credit (from 30 April 2005)
  • Support under part vi of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.


What do we do with the funding?


There are many barriers to learning and the following difficulties must be overcome by some of our children for them to become successful learners:

  • Child poverty – some of our families need to use food banks in order to feed their children
  • Low parental aspirations
  • Parental addiction
  • Poor mental health
  • Limited opportunities to access wider experiences.


We try to ensure that this funding is spent with the intention of reducing/removing these barriers to learning and that, whilst it is targeted at free school meals pupils, all children at Millfield benefit from it. We recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals and that such pupils are also supported by the funding.


Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.