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Middleton Primary School Pupil Premium Rationale

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to be of benefit to pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after (have been in the care of the local authority) continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel.


Why was Pupil Premium Funding introduced?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers.


Who decides how the Pupil Premium Funding is spent?

In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid directly to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals, is looked after or whose parent is in one of the services. Schools decide how to use the funding, as we are best placed to assess what our pupils need.


How are schools accountable for the spending of Pupil Premium Funding?

We are held accountable for the decisions we make through:

  • The performance tables that show the attainment and progress of Pupil Premium, FSM and LAC children compared with that of their peers
  • The new Ofsted inspection framework, under which the inspectors focus on the attainment and progress of various pupil groups, including those who are eligible for Pupil Premium


What barriers to educational achievement can disadvantaged children at Middleton Primary School face?

Disadvantaged pupils may face all sorts of difficulties which make it harder for them to achieve at school. These obviously vary widely according to each individual but may include: poor attendance; specific behavioural issues; limited social skills; poor basic literacy and numeracy skills; unsettled home lives; lack of parental income to access optional extra-curricular activities; lack of parental support and involvement in their education; previous negative family experiences of education; health issues within the family; responsibility as a young carer; low self-esteem; poor organisational skills; lack of equipment or uniform; issues with poor hygiene; temporary housing.


Please browse Middleton’s website for further information about Pupil Premium.


Current Academic Year 2020-2021

The pupil premium for the current year is expected to be approximately £64,600 and this is being spent in the following ways;

  • Small group teaching
  • TA support
  • TA interventions
  • Reading room
  • Play therapist
  • Relax Kids
  • Puzzle Club – to develop social skills and integration
  • Subsidies for school trips / uniform / music lessons / extra curricular activities


The reports below relate to pupil premium allocations and expenditure for previous financial years.