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Pupil Premium


The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is 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.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. 

Key facts

  • The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been ‘Looked After’ (LAC – Looked After Children) continuously for more than six months.

  • The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on the annual January school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 11. For looked after children the Pupil Premium was calculated using the Children looked after data returns.

  • The Pupil Premium is also paid to academies via the EFA - Education Funding Agency.

  • Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.

  • The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point during the last 6 years.

Service Premium

  • A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.


What does this mean for Long Bennington Church of England Academy?


In this school, the amount of money received through the Pupil Premium is low in comparison to most other schools as we have a much lower than average number of children who are eligible for free school meals. In this current academic year we have 22 pupils who were in receipt of Pupil Premium or Forces funding.


What we are required to Publish:

For the current academic year, it is recommended that we publish:

  • how much pupil premium funding we received for this academic year
  • details of the main barriers to educational achievement that the disadvantaged children in our school face

For the previous academic year, it is recommended that we publish:

  • how we spent our pupil premium funding
  • the effect that the pupil premium had on pupil
  • how we will spend our pupil premium funding to overcome these barriers and the reasons for the approach we have chosen
  • how we will measure the effect of the pupil premium
  • the date of the next pupil premium strategy review

Pupil Premium Statement 2023-24

Pupil Premium Statement 2022-23

Pupil Premium Statement 2021-22

Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.