Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011.

This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as 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 is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable.

Pupil premium is paid for any pupils who:

  • have been eligible for FSM at any point in the previous 6 years
  • looked after children (LAC)
  • children under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO)
  • children adopted from care
  • children whose parent/s are currenlty serving in the armed forces

Schools can decide how the pupil premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. The money enables us to continue our work supporting these children, and their families, in order that they make the best possible progress in school. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.

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At Cledford Primary school our bespoke curriculum is taught with the consideration of the needs of all learners: inclusion is at its heart, as is overcoming any social disadvantage. High-quality teaching is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which disadvantaged pupils require the most support. Through high quality teaching and a spiral curriculum that fosters reading and vocabulary, all children have the opportunity to achieve age related expectations in all subjects.

Our approach is responsive to individual needs and is rooted in robust diagnostic assessment. Every child’s progress and attainment, including disadvantaged pupils, is tracked using a robust system and pupils who require support to keep up are quickly identified and supported through additional teaching/coaching. The approaches we have adopted complement each other to help pupils to excel. To ensure they are effective we:

  • Ensure disadvantaged pupils are appropriately challenged in the work that they are set
  • Act early to ensure support is put in place as soon as a need is identified
  • Adopt a whole school approach in which all staff take responsibility for disadvantaged pupils’ outcomes and raise expectations of what they can achieve

We provide additional support for disadvantaged pupils and their families, offering a full-time family support manager, attendance and punctuality committee, behavioural team and mental health and well-being programmes. All our additional services help those identified to remove barriers to learning, enabling all disadvantaged pupils to make accelerated progress from their different starting points. We aim for all disadvantaged pupils to achieve age related expectations by the end of Key Stage 2.

At Cledford we facilitate a wide range of enrichment experiences both in and out of school which positively impact on the well-being and academic attainment of our pupils. We recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium are socially disadvantaged and further, some children who experience disadvantaged backgrounds are not eligible for pupil premium funding. Our strategy is integral to wider school plans for improving outcomes of pupils. 


Interventions utilised to narrow the gap and raise pupil attainment and progress:

  • Little Wandle Phonics keep-up (R-Y2) and catch-up (Y3-Y6)
  • WAT (Write Away Together)
  • Nurture Group (Emotional well-being)
  • Drawing and Talking Therapy (Emotional well-being)
  • Nurture/Play Development for EYFS (Emotional well-being)
  • Forest School (Emotional well-being)
  • Power of 2 - Maths Intervention
  • Talk Boost (Speech And Language Therapy)
  • IDL (Spelling)

Pupil Premium Strategy

Click below to see our Pupil Premium Strategy and a summary of how the money is spent.

To view the Pupil Premium policy please click the link below to visit the school policies web page

School Policies

Cledford Primary School, George VI Ave, Middlewich, CW10 0DD