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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium & Recovery Premium 

Our Pupil Premium Funding


What is it?

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding schools receive for two separate policies:

  • raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential

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

Pupil eligibility and funding rates 2023 to 2024

The pupil premium rates will be for the 2023 to 2024 financial year, starting on 1 April 2023 are given in the table.

Pupil eligibility criteria Amount of funding for each primary-aged pupil per year Amount of funding for each secondary-aged pupil per year Funding is paid to
Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years (including eligible children of families with no recourse to public funds) £1,455 £1,035 School
Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care £2,530 £2,530 School
Children who are looked after by the local authority £2,530 £2,530 Local authority

From 1 April 2023, pupil premium eligibility for pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care will include children adopted from outside of England and Wales. 

Who is eligible?

Leighton receives a Pupil Premium Grant for each child who is entitled to receive Free School Meals or who has been entitled to over the last six years, any ‘Looked After Children’ and any children who have ceased to be looked after by the local authority because of adoption, a special guardianship or child arrangements order (Post-Looked After Children).

You can apply following the below link to get an instant answer whether your child is eligible:

 What is this funding used for?

We aim for every single one of our pupil premium funded children to reach at least national expectations in all areas.

We also want the attendance of our pupil premium funded children to exceed the attendance of all non-disadvantaged pupils nationally.

We have targeted our additional pupil premium funding on:

  • Ensuring we provide first rate quality teaching

  • Targeted intervention where necessary

  • Pastoral care and well-being

  • Attendance


We have a school wide commitment to raise achievement for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and know these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils. All staff work together with determination to achieve this.

  • Take a longer term approach with the use of the PPG

  • We never confuse eligible pupils with low ability and strive to instil 'ambition for all' in this group of pupils and support them to achieve the highest levels.

  • We create 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.

  • We use assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data, reviewing the work in books to identify pupils who are underachieving and why.

  • Leaders direct resources and interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.

  • We use data to carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions, projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.

  • The Headteacher, Pupil Premium Champion and subject leaders have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.

  • Leaders ensure 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 school.

  • The Governing Body is ambitious for pupils and closely monitors the school’s effectiveness in closing the gap between different groups of pupils.