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 the children of armed service personnel. 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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

You can register your child for Pupil Premium if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Income-Based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

If a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are also entitled to free school meals.

Ring 01305 221000 to apply for Free School Meals



Additional Funding for Looked After Children

The DFE have advised us that extra Pupil Premium Funding of £1900 will be available for children in the following categories:

  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • has been adopted from care
  • has left care under:
    – a special guardianship order
    – a residence order
    – a child arrangement order

Guidance from the DFE says that schools can only claim this money where the parent self-declares their child’s status to the school, providing supporting evidence (e.g. an adoption order).

If your child qualifies for this extra funding then please speak to the Head of School in confidence so that we can make the claim and your child can benefit from the additional support we will provide.


Planned spending and actions for 2018-19 academic year

We recognise that not all pupils who receive Free School Meals will be socially disadvantaged, and that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered for Free School Meals. Pupil Premium funding may be used by the school to support any pupil or groups of pupils that the school identifies as being socially disadvantaged.


Pupil Premium Funding Allocation for 2018/2019: £17,160

Please click on the following link for the 2018/19 strategy:

Thorncombe Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-19


Future spending plans include:

• Continue to develop a clear and strategic programme of support for all pupils; with a specific focus on pupils with PP and their specific needs.
• Training for TAs so a ‘quality first teaching’ attitude is enhanced throughout school  • TA Training in ELSA is established – Emotional Literacy Support Activities.
• A clear focus on those pupils who are not under performing but who may excel given further support.
• Continued support and Training for TAs working with pupil well being to enhance self-esteem and therefore engagement in the curriculum.
• Careful analysis of the current interventions in place for pupils to ensure the money is being well spent and that these are indeed the interventions that will lead to the greatest success. (SENCO)
• Continue to raise the awareness of staff to the additional needs of those pupils in receipt of PP.
• Seek to enhance opportunities for pupils in sport and other clubs in school such as offering extra time for PE lessons at break times etc.
• Signposting parents of additional activities occurring in the community.
• 1:1 support where required
• Raise awareness of the needs of ‘Ever 6 FSM’ children and families who are struggling in the current economic climate, to ensure adequate support is given, through access to opportunities, and advice, support and signposting to outside agencies/foodbanks etc.
• Also ensuring the ‘Ever 3’ forces families are also supported as necessary.


Pupil Premium Funding Allocation for 2017/2018: £17,160

Please click on the following link for the 2017/18 strategy:

Pupil Premium Strategy 2017 to 2018


Pupil Premium Funding Allocation for 2016/2017: £14,520

Please click on the following links for the 2016/17 report and impact:

Pupil Premium Funding Report 2016-17

Pupil Premium Impact 2016 to 2017


It is important that all parents entitled to Free School Meals claim their entitlement so that we can continue to receive the maximum funding available to maintain this provision in our schools. Ring 0845 915 6006 to apply for Free School Meals.




A simple leaflet about why you should, and how to apply via Dorset and Devon Council can be found below:

Click here to download the Pupil Premium Leaflet.

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