Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil premium refers to an amount of money the government pays schools for children who meet certain criteria, otherwise known as disadvantaged children. 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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

What about Pupil Premium in Ludworth Primary?

Pupil Premium in 2018/19

In 2018/19 we have estimated that we will receive £44,880 in pupil premium funding. This is how we have planned to spend our pupil premium money this year:

Desired Outcome

Action and Rationale


Success Criteria

Quality teaching for all

To ensure all children, including those who are disadvantaged, have access to appropriate support within lessons and intervention outside of lessons.

Maintain 1.6 HLTA that school would not normally be able to afford so that children have access to appropriate support and timely intervention.


Partially fund an entry level TA to support learning of the most disadvantaged children in Early Years department (supplementing EYPP).











  • Monitoring shows that teaching assistants are effectively deployed to support progress of disadvantaged children.
  • Data analysis shows that significant proportions of children in each class make at least expected progress – very small cohorts are considered when evaluating this.

Targeted Support

To ensure that disadvantaged children who have a special educational need have access to practical, specialist equipment so that they can access learning at a higher level than otherwise.

SENCO to investigate a variety of equipment to support disadvantaged children with SEN. For example:

-Motor skills development resources


-SEN reading hard and software




  • Appropriate equipment purchased.
  • Lesson observations show that equipment is used effectively to support learning.
  • Data analysis shows that children attracting pupil premium are making good progress in maths concepts.

Other Approaches

To remove stigma through financial inequality by eradicating the differences in school between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

Children’s perceptions of themselves as ‘poor’ or disadvantaged can be a limiting factor in their own aspirations and perceptions of where they are headed in life. By eradicating perceivable differences in school, children will not self-limit. (e.g. providing PE kit)


  • Equipment has been purchased as required, so that there is no clear, visible difference between children who ‘have’ and those who do not.

To ensure that finance is not a barrier to families participating fully in school life and enjoying all of the benefits of school trips, including residential visits.

School uniform, trips and events such as school fairs can be expensive for families which can result in either children missing out or school placing undue stress on families. Therefore, money is put aside to supplement, where necessary. Families are encouraged to come to school and talk about issues that may affect children taking a full part in school life. This money will also subsidise trips generally to keep the cost down for all families because there are many families who are working but are not well off.



  • Letters include a sentence that ensures families know to come into school to discuss potential financial barriers
  • All disadvantaged children have the opportunity to take a full part in school life. 
  • School trips generally are subsidised by school.

Pupil Premium Spending 2017/18

Below are details of the progress and attainment of our Key Stage 2 children who left our school in July 2018.

Key Stage 2 Reading Writing Maths

Progress score for 

disadvantaged pupils

0.6 -2.9 -6.9

National average for non

disadvantaged pupils

0.31 0.24 0.31

Number of disadvantaged


4 4 4

This year two out of four of our disadvantaged children also had Special Educational Needs.

Average Scaled Score for disadvantaged pupils in reading 102.8, in maths 94.5

Two out of four disadvantaged children (50%) achieved at least expected standard in reading, writing and maths, both of the other children had an identified Special Educational Need. 

An evaluation of our Pupil Premium spending for 2017/18 can be found at the bottom of this page.


  1. Pupil Premium Strategy September 2017 Evaluated
  2. Pupil Premium Strategy September 2018

Contact Us

Ludworth Primary School
Moor Crescent
t: 01429 820207
f: 01429 820207
e: ludworth@durhamlearning.net

About Us

Ludworth Primary School is situated in a rural part of County Durham.

The school not only serves the village of Ludworth but also attracts families from the surrounding villages of Thornley, Haswell, Haswell Plough and Shadforth.

We are very proud of our school and try to operate as a family where each and every child is of high importance, in an environment where they feel safe, secure and cared for. click here to learn more about our school →