Pupil Premium & Recovery Premium

Pupil Premium funding is deployed by schools to narrow the attainment gap between students from lower income families and their peers.

Introduced in April 2011 by the Government in addition to main school funding, schools have the freedom to spend PP funding as they see fit, based upon their knowledge of students’ needs.

What is the Pupil Premium (PP) Funding

The Government has allocated funding to support:

  • students in receipt of free school meals or who have claimed FSM in the last six years
  • students who are looked after by the Local Authority, and
  • the children of Armed Service families

How Can I Know How Much My School Has Been Allocated?

Pupil PremiumPupil Premium Per Pupil
Pupils In Year Groups R to 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM£1,320
Pupils in Year Groups 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM£995
Pupil Premium PlusPupil Premiums Plus Per Pupil
  • Pupils having left local authority care as a result of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
  • Pupils who have been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • Pupils recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)
Service Pupil PremiumService Pupil Premium Per Pupil
Pupils attract the SPP if they meet the following criteria:
  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
  • they have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011
  • one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
  • pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service are classed as service children

Pupil Premium Leadership

Two Strategic Leads, Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Head (Behaviour, Personal Development and Welfare) are funded at 20% from Pupil Premium Funding. Each has specific responsibility for Pupil Premium; former with faculty / curricular focus and second from pastoral support angle.

Student Progress

All staff are responsible for the progress of Pupil Premium students as part of broader responsibility for classes. To assist with this, all teaching staff have an additional 30 minutes per week for personalising their planning, assessment and feedback to Pupil Premium students and contacting parents where appropriate. Thus, teachers without any additional responsibilities will have 2.5 hours PPA and 0.5 hours Pupil Premium time per week. This will be pro-rata for part-time staff. This initiative costs £1000 per teacher per annum, therefore £110,000 per annum for our school. This will ensure that students with the greatest need will be supported by the most skilled adults in terms of teaching.

A Children’s Family Support Worker (CFSW) and an Attendance Officer work alongside the House Support Managers. The CFSW supports families as part of the Early Help Offer and the Attendance Officer works at ensuring all students are in school. The aim is to reduce the gap between the attendance of Pupil Premium students and Non-Pupil Premium students.

A Learning and Safeguarding mentor (LSM) is employed to provide an individualised approach when working with Pupil Premium students. The LSM will focus on all aspects of education relevant to the student such as wellbeing, academic progress, behaviour, and attendance. The LSM is also able to co-ordinate revision work such as organising online tutoring. The LSM can be contacted directly or by liaising with the House Support Manager. DHFS are will be looking to add to this team to promote the school focus of “no child left behind”.

Personal Support for Home Learning Environment

In line with Children’s and Families Bill, there will be an element of “Personal Budget” similar to that for children on Education, Health Care Plan.

The Extended Services Coordinator (ESC) works with Children at the Year 6 transition stage to monitor Pupil Premium students coming into the school. All Pupil Premium students will have assistance with a locker, equipment, and uniform after first term, as well as funding technology products, school visits and journeys. The ESC will work closely with the Learning mentor to work with parents to assess how funding can make a difference in the home environment.

The Learning Mentor and Pupil Premium Administrator will also work with parents of existing students in relation to improving the home learning environment e.g. provision of Internet dongle, home access to kit, be that a loaned desktop, laptop or tablet.

We will consider how best to support students to ensure that they have equal access with their peers to extra-curricular learning including hobbies.


The introduction and roll out of Pupil Premium Funding has placed significant demands on administration and finance staff in administering the various strands. There will be an admin cost associated with the full programme which will be kept to a minimum and evaluated as the programme rolls out.

StrategyImpactPersonnel / ResourceCost
Leadership and Management 1Additional time for focused tracking with leaders narrowing gaps, securing expected and better progressDeputy Headteacher / Assistant Headteacher£25k
Student Progress 1Pupil Premium Time significant, high-quality AfL to students and parentsAll teachersPayment from Pupil Premium balance up to max £110k
Student Progress 2Increased motivation of Pupil Premium students evidenced by increased attendance where there are issues, improved progressAttendance Officer / Children and Families Support Worker£40k
Student progress 3Alternative provisionAlternative Curriculum Coordinator, House TeamsOn average £1000 per course
Personal Learning Environment 1Ensure no barriers to in-school learningProvision of uniform, kit, locker, technology costsSubject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.
Personal Learning Environment 2Ensure no barriers to in-school learningPayment for trips and visits, breakfastSubject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.
Personal Learning Environment 3Ensure no barriers to out of school learningWork with parents to address any additional needsSubject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.
Personal Learning Environment 4Increased attainment
Online tutoring from external agency
Subject to agreement from Headteacher.
Priority may be given to families where attendance and engagement are high.

Pupil Premium for Adopted Children

Pupil Premium Strategy Statement

People In School Who Can Help

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Mrs E Martins

PP LEarning mentor

01246 412372 Ext: 187

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Miss F Bartram

PP LEarning mentor

01246 412372 Ext: 190

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Mrs A Baxby

PP Administrator

01246 412372 Ext: 191

Related Information

More information about School Meals – Food & Catering at DHFS
Apply for Free School Meals at Derbyshire County Council

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