Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publically-funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils  and close the gap between them and their peers.  Disadvantaged pupils are classified as children who are eligible for Free School Meals, children in Local Authority Care and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces.

Schools are currently given £1,320 per pupil for those whose families have registered for Free School Meals (FSM).  This includes any child who has been registered for FSM at any point during the past 6 years.  The children of members of the armed forces are also entitled to this funding.  Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has been looked after for 1 day or more; has been adopted from care or has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangement order.


How are we using Pupil Premium Funding in our school?

This year (2019-20) we will receive £18, 440 in our allocation.  Last year (2018-19) the school’s grant allocation was £14,820.

At Trottiscliffe CEP School we use Pupil Premium funding to:-

  • Provide teaching assistants to run interventions 1:1 for targeted support for individuals
  • Organise interventions for small groups of pupils. This means that pupils who may need extra academic, social or emotional support receive appropriate provision.
  • Fund places at school clubs, including music tuition and sports.
  • Meet contributions to the cost of school trips to ensure equality of opportunity.
  • Subsidise the cost of equipment and resources to close the attainment gap by accelerating learning.
  • Provide training for staff to provide targeted support to remove potential barriers to learning.

Attainment data is continually updated and reviewed at Pupil Progress meetings as well as being reported to the governing body. The key objective is to ensure that Pupil Premium Funding is used effectively to raise attainment and narrow the gap between pupil groups.

The details of the spend of last year’s Pupil Premium allocation can be is detailed in the following link.

Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-20

Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-19

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017-18

Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17

Pupil Premium 2015 – 2016


If your child is eligible for Free School Meals or is an infant child and part of the Universal Free School Meals, it is worth registering them, even if they are not going to have a school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding the school receives and we will maximise the support we can provide.

Parents can register their child for Free School Meals if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.

How can Parents and carers apply for Free School Meals?

If eligible, parents should apply via http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals or contact the school office at office@trottiscliffe.kent.sch.uk for help or guidance.


Sports Premium

What is Sports Premium?

Aimed at continuing the legacy of the London Olympics, the government has chosen to invest in Primary School Physical Education and School Sport. They have done this by offering each primary school an allocation of money to be spent in any way the school thinks best to improve the teaching and learning of PE and School Sport in their individual school.  In October 2017, this amount was increased to £16,000, plus £10 per pupil in years 1-6 in each school.

This year we shall receive £16,590 for Sports Funding.

How we are using Sports Funding at our school?

At Trottiscliffe CEP School, we have used the funding to ensure that children have the most qualified teachers and instructors during their P.E. lessons. This has included buying in sustainable training and support for teachers.  Some of the funding has been used to increase our participation in local competitions and tournaments and increase our offer of extra curricular opportunities.  In addition to this, the school has purchased and runs a minibus to transport pupils to sporting events to ensure all children are able to participate.

Please access the link below for a more detailed breakdown of how we are using this money in school.

Sports Funding Grant 2019-20

Sports Funding Grant 2018/19

Sports Premium 2017-18