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Highlees Primary School

Primary School

Bringing out the Best

Pupil Premium





The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding given to schools and academies to:

  • raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

  • support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.

  • It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased. Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever6).



  • £1,345 for each eligible primary aged pupil

  • £2,345 for each Looked After Child

  • £300 for each Service Child



  • £1,385 for each eligible primary aged pupil

  • £2,410 for each Looked After Child

  • £300 for each Service Child


The Department for Education has clear expectations how the Pupil Premium Grant may be spent;

  • for the purposes of the school ie; for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school

  • for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies

  • on community facilities eg; 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

The grant does not have to be completely spent by schools in the financial year beginning 1 April 2019; some or all of it may be carried forward to future financial years.



1.      Highlees has an academy wide commitment to raise achievement for pupils who are eligible

         for Pupil Premium and knows these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils  

         and is determined to achieve this.

2.      Highlees never confuses eligible pupils with low ability and strives to ‘bring out the best’ in

         this group of pupils and support them to achieve the highest levels.

3.      Highlees creates an overall package of support aimed to tackle the range of barriers

         including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focussing on

         improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning,

         language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first hand experiences and

         development of literacy and numeracy skills.

4.      Highlees uses assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading,

         Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are underachieving and why.

5.      Highlees directs resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils in order

         to strive to diminish the difference in the gap in attainment with non-eligible pupils.

6.      Highlees uses data to carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions,

        projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.

7.      Senior Leaders have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is

        making to the outcomes of pupils termly.

8.      Highlees ensures class teachers, phase leaders and subject leaders know which pupils are

         eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and

         accountability is shared across the academy.

9.      The Local Governing Body is ambitious for pupils and closely monitors the academy’s

        effectiveness in closing the gap between different groups of pupils.

Highlees is a diverse primary school with  39.6% of pupils being eligible for the Pupil Premium Funding. 13% of our eligible pupils have a Special Educational Need. 53% have English as an additional language.