Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and those now adopted but formerly looked after. Since 2012, funding has been extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any time within the last 6 years. Nationally, statistics have shown that students who are in receipt of FSM do less well than their peers in external exams. The aim of this money is to try to close that attainment gap. All schools are required to publish, on their websites, what funding they have received and how the money is being spent. Please refer below for details of how we spend the Pupil Premium at Hazel Wood Infant School.

Eligibility for Pupil Premium, and Impact of Funding Click on the links at the bottom of this page:

  • A parent friendly introduction to Pupil Premium and Service Premium, including details of how to apply; Pupil Premium Grants Parent information pack
  • An explanation of the purpose behind Pupil Premium funding, and information on how schools are funded. Government Pupil Premium Information

How much Pupil Premium funding do we receive?


2020 - 2021   £48,970

2021 - 2022   £50,470

2022 - 2023   £51,430

2023 - 2024   £42,845

Use of Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium funding comes directly into school. It is based on the number of children registered as eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at the moment and in the past six years, together with the number of pupils who are either currently ‘looked after’ or formerly ‘looked after’ and now adopted. It is not in any way assumed that all children eligible for the Pupil Premium are low-attaining or making poor progress. We consider how best to support the learning and access to all aspects of education for all categories of children, including those that are higher attaining in addition to those who have barriers to learning.

Potential barriers faced by eligible children

Eligible pupils may face some of the following challenges:

  • Barriers to learning in one or more curriculum area which may or may not  result from a Special Educational Need
  • Lack of self-confidence or self-esteem in learning
  • Difficulties with making friends and establishing secure relationships with adults
  • A lack of resources to engage fully with the wider life of the school, including extra-curricular clubs, educational visits, instrumental tuition etc.
  • Families may need support for a number of different reasons some of which may affect their capacity to support children’s learning at home

How We Measure Impact

  • We assess the impact of our interventions in the following ways:
  • Progress in learning measured against EYFS or National Curriculum developmental or age-related milestones;
  • Progress in specifically targeted areas such as reading, spelling and numeracy using standardised assessments;
  • Progress in phonics and spelling against age related expectations in terms of numbers of sounds and words encoded and decoded accurately;
  • Progress with emotional literacy interventions is measured in terms of readiness to access the full curriculum. For children who require a more intensive nurture-based approach, specific profiling tools are used and these measure progress over time.

How Do Pupils at Hazel Wood Infant School in Receipt of Pupil Premium Funding Achieve?

The information below shows the % of pupils in Y2 at or above national expectations. These are teacher assessment figures showing the % of pupils achieving the nationally expected standard in all of reading, writing and mathematics.                                


Whole School

Pupil Premium Eligible


Reading85.7% Writing 76.6%

Maths 84.4%

Reading 67%, Writing  67%

Maths 83% ( 6children )


Reading 90% Writing 72.5 %

Maths 80%

Reading63% Writing 63%

Maths 63% (8children)


Reading  85% Writing 83%

Maths 87%

Reading 75% Writing 67%

Maths 83% (12 children)


Reading 78.1%  Writing 75%  

Maths 85.9%

Reading 73%  Writing 73%

Maths 73% (11 children)




Review of Pupil Premium Spending in 2022-2023

An analysis of last year’s spending can be found below in the 2022-2023 action plan.

Proposed Pupil Premium Spending (Sept 2023 – July 2024)

Hazel Wood Infant School spends its Pupil Premium in ways which are designed to have maximum impact in reducing barriers faced by eligible children.( a copy of the strategy can be found below)

In 2023-2024:

Total number of pupils on roll (October 2022):   Number of pupils eligible for full Pupil Premium: 

Total Pupil Premium funding for 2023 - 2024: £42,845

Pupil Premium Strategy Review

This strategy will be reviewed in July 2024 in readiness for the new School Development Planning cycle which takes effect from 1st September 2024

Coronavirus Recovery funding 


What is it? 

The government is providing funding to cover a one-off universal catch-up premium for the 2023 to 2024 academic year. 

It aims to support pupils to catch up for lost learning and the effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic so schools can meet the curriculum expectations for the next academic year. 

As such we have received £ 145  per child for the 23-24 academic year. This money is being used to enhance teaching and learning and ensure that our children make the best possible progress. We are targeting it so all children return to school positively, settle quickly, and are able to focus fully on their learning.