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Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium Funding

The pupil premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The amount received is dependent on the number of children who are eligible and have claimed for free school meals at any time in the last six years. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding and how this is being used.  


We organise teaching and learning at The Hayes in order to meet the needs of all children in the best way.

  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups and that socially disadvantaged children have their needs adequately assessed and met.
  • We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged have free school meals.
  • We allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any child the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged and should be making better progress. However, throughout the year, all disadvantaged pupils will benefit from the funding.
  • We will allocate Pupil Premium funding after a needs analysis.


Eligibility Criteria

The PPG per-pupil rate for 2023 to 2024 is as follows (as defined by Gov.Uk):
£1455 for 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)
£2530 for pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care. 
£2530 for children who are looked after the the Local Authority

£335 for pupils with a parent who is serving in the HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence. 

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £2345 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t come directly to The Hayes; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.


Information for parents

All parents (including those who are currently eligible for free school meals under the universal offer) are encouraged to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) and this can be checked via this link. Information required for this process includes name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number.  In addition, parents will need to provide their child's name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.      


Parents/guardians in England may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following:

*Income Support

*Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance

*Income related Employment and Support Allowance

*Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

*Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

*Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

*Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

*Universal credit


It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent.  Each school is responsible for monitoring both the use of the funding and the impact it is having upon FSM pupils. At The Hayes, we use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas below but focusing on teaching quality - investing in learning and development for teachers and support staff.

Teaching: we arrange training and professional development for staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils.
Academic support: we decide on the main issues stopping our pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to buy extra help.
Wider approaches: this may include non-academic use of the pupil premium such as:

  • school breakfast clubs
  • music lessons for disadvantaged pupils
  • help with the cost of educational trips or visits
  • speech and language therapy

We find using the pupil premium in this way helps to:

  • increase pupils’ confidence and resilience
  • encourage pupils to be more aspirational
  • benefit non-eligible pupils


If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please click here to check your eligibility. 


Please click the links below to see the Pupil Premium Spend and Impact at The Hayes Primary School.

Pupil Premium Strategy, Statement and Review (2023.24)

Pupil Premium Strategy and Statement (2022-2023)

Pupil Premium Strategy, Statement and Review (2021.22)

Pupil Premium Review (2020-2021) and Strategy (2021-2022)

Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-19 and Impact 2017-18

Pupil Premium Strategy and Impact 2016-2017

Pupil Premium Spend and Impact 2015-16

Pupil Premium Spend and Impact 2014-2015