Pupil Premium

What is it?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. This funding is in addition to main school funding, and is seen by the Government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months are also included.

Who gets this additional funding?

Schools get this additional funding and it is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.

How is the Pupil Premium allocated?

This extra funding is allocated to schools per free school meal pupil and for any looked after pupil (providing it is for more than six months). It’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents / carers must have applied and be entitled if they wanted one.

Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:

  • Income support
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Income related employment and support allowance
  • Guarantee pension credit
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and an annual income lower than the limit set by the Government
  • Working Tax Credit Run On because you have ceased work or reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week

For further information on FSM  contact our school office:- office@st-peters-farnworth.bolton.sch.uk

For further information on the Pupil Premium please visit the Education website

2017 Pupil premium data


The progress made by pupils in receipt of pupil premium at St. Peter’s, far exceeds that made by national ‘others.’

How effective is our pupil premium expenditure strategy?

Three year combined attainment and progress data (2014-2017)

The attainment of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium at St. Peter’s is significantly above that of the same group nationally (see FFT data below)

Three year combined progress data (2014-16)

In the scatterplot below every school in the country is represented by a dot. The dot is placed according to the average value added progress score for the last 3 years combined for pupils at the school who have;
never been on FSM ( x axis)
Ever 6 – always been on FSM at every census (y axis)

A positive value added score for both groups places the school in the top right quadrant of the scatter plot.
A school with positive value added score for both groups, but is also deemed to be narrowing the gap, in that pupil premium children make greater progress than non pupil premium children, would not only be in the top right hand quadrant, but would also be a grey dot.
The further to the upper right the dot, the greater the value added by the school for both groups, the higher the grey dot above the median line the greater the extent to which the school is narrowing the gap for pupil premium children, whilst ensuring all children make good progress overall.
Our school is represented by the orange dot, indicating exceptional progress for both pupil groups, combined with a narrowing of the gap for pupil premium children.

Data provided by Education data lab