What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and paid to local authorities by a grant based on the January census figures for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) in Reception to Year 11. It was initially allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. Since April 2012, the Government widened the coverage of the Premium to include those eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). Currently, for each FSM pupil and looked after child, a school receives £1300.

Whilst the money is given to schools for each eligible child, schools decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since it is recognised that they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

How do I register my child for Free School Meals?

Please register your child if you are eligible using the easy online facility which has been launched by Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S). You can now check your eligibility for FSM. This self-service option is available by clicking here: Am I eligible for Free School Meals?

For this online service, all you need to do is enter your name, National Insurance number or Asylum number, address and your child’s details. Then press submit and find out if you are eligible. If the result comes back found, this means your child is eligible for FSM and the system automatically tells the school. You no longer have to find the paperwork and go into school to get it checked.

How the Pupil Premium has been used at Orchard Junior School:

Schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium and the impact it has had. This is to ensure that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium. This information should include:
  • the level of pupil premium funding received by the school in the current academic year and levels of
  • funding received in previous academic years
  • how the school has spent the pupil premium and why it has decided to spend it in the way it has
  • any differences made to the learning and progress of pupils eligible for the pupil premium as shown by performance data and evidence.
Orchard Junior School uses the Pupil Premium Allocation in different ways for different children. This could mean providing additional 1:2:1 or group support by either a teacher or Learning Support Assistant, providing a range of other services such as Emotional Literacy through our ELSA programme or providing Art or Play Therapy. It may be used to provide additional resources or activities for these children to benefit from.
The main aim of the Pupil Premium is there to narrow the gap between the group of children that the School receives the funding for and all other children. 
For the 2015/16 Financial Year the School received £97,680. Whilst this money was used during the Summer Term 2015, it more particularly enabled our plans since September 2015 for us during the 2015/16 Academic Year. The School has spent the money as highlighted above as this is having a good impact. In addition the School also:
  • Appointed two Support Teachers to help support children, including those who are eligible for the Pupil Premium
  • Ensured additional LSA hours are available to meet the children's individual needs as set out on Provision Maps
  • Training an additional ELSA to help support the emotional needs of the children (the school now has 3)
  • Provided financial support to cover the cost of trips, including residential trips, music tuition and extra-curricular clubs 
  • Set up a permanent base for our 'Club Room' and provide suitably trained staff to run it
This is not an exhaustive list of how the money has been spent so far, or will be spent, as being more specific may identify individual children.

Impact of Pupil Premium spending here at Orchard Junior School:

Assessment processes changed during the 2015/16 academic year, so below you can see the impact of our spending both before this change (2015 and earlier) and since (from 2016 academic year).

  • 91% in 2015 (90% in 2014, 79% in 2013 and 73% in 2012) of our children eligible children for PP achieved Level 4+
  • 86% in 2015 (90% in 2014, 84% in 2013 and 73% in 2012) made 2 Levels Progress during their time with us 
  • 32% in 2015 (40% in 2014, 26% in 2013 and 36% in 2012) of our children eligible for PP achieved Level 5.
  • 73% in 2015 (90% in 2014, 68% in 2013 and 36% in 2012) of our children eligible children for PP achieved Level 4+ 
  • 77% in 2015 (90% in 2014, 74% in 2013 and 55% in 2012) made 2 Levels Progress during their time with us.
  • 9% in 2015 (20% in 2014, 16% in 2013 and 9% in 2012) of our children eligible for PP achieved Level 5.
  • 77% in 2015 (90% in 2014, 58% in 2013 and 55% in 2012) of our children eligible children for PP achieved Level 4+ 
  • 73% in 2015 (90% in 2014, 68% in 2013 and 64% in 2012) made 2 Levels Progress during their time with us.
  • 27% in 2015 (20% in 2014, 21% in 2013 and 18% in 2012) of our children eligible for PP achieved Level 5+.
You will notice a particular spike in the 2014 results. The proportion of children who were eligible for Pupil Premium and also having recognised SEN was particularly low that year (the other three year's are demonstrate consistent improvements.) Removing that year's results, shows the impact the money has been having on the children eligible for Pupil Premium.

On a non-achievement basis, every child was able to join us on our Year 5 and 6 residentials, compared to approximately 90% in previous years. Whilst the school has always offered to fund children where there is genuine financial difficulty, approximately 10% of cohorts in the historic past (pre-2013) would not attend trips for all sorts of reasons. Since Pupil Premium this number has almost been eradicated. Some children took up the opportunity of having extra-curricular clubs funded for them. The additional ELSA has helped support many more children who would either have had to wait or be missed. 

Assessment processes and outcomes changed considerably during the 2015/16, so our results in 2016 are not comparable to previous years. What parents might find useful is an understanding of how our children eligible for the pupil premium perform against children not eligible, both at our School and across Hampshire. On the whole it is quite clear that our 'gaps' are narrower and, in some areas, quite considerably narrower than the Hampshire 'gap':

Pupil Premium



How did Orchard PP perform against our non PP?

How much better did Orchard PP perform against Hants PP?

How favourably does our gap compare to Hampshire’s?

Reading Exp+



+6.3%  (53.7%)

+8.9% (13.2 v 22.1)

Reading High SS



+5.0% (10%)

+5.7% (10.6 v 16.3)

Reading Average SS



+0.5 (100.2)

+1.2 (3.3 v 4.5)






Maths Exp+



+10.9% (54.1%)

+19% (3.3 v 22.3)

Maths High SS



+3.1% (6.9%)

+10.1% (3.4 v 13.5)

Maths Average SS



-1.3 (100.2)

-0.3 (4.2 v 3.9)






GPS Exp+



+2.1% (57.9%)

+6.4% (14.4 v 20.8)




+4.6% (10.4%)

+9% (7 v 16)

GPS Average SS



-0.7 (101.0)

+0.4 (3.7 v 4.1)






Writing TA EXS



+14.2% (65.8%)

+17.7% (0.5 v 18.2)

Writing TA GDS



+0.8% (9.2%)

-0.1% (14.4 v 14.3)






RWM Exp+



+16.4% (38.6%)

+16.4% (9.6% : 26.0%)




+3.4% (1.6%)

+3.8% (3.5 : 7.3)

What do the abbreviations mean? Exp+ - Expected Standard (or higher); GDS - Greater Depth Standard; SS - Standardised Score; SS High - A higher standardised score; RWM - Reading, Writing and Maths combined (a children must achieve Exp+ in all three subject areas)

What does each column tell me?

Orchard PP – the results our Pupil Premium children got

How did Orchard PP perform against our non PP? The aim is for the gap to be as small as possible, even positive which has happened on occasions in the past.

How much better did Orchard PP perform against Hants PP? This column compares our PP achievements, directly against Hampshire’s results for all PP children in Hampshire. The figure below each % is the Hampshire figure, and that has been subtracted from our ‘score’.

How favourably does our gap compare to Hampshire’s? This is the comparison between our gap between PP and non-PP and Hampshire’s gap between PP and non-PP. We would want the gap to show a + figure which denotes our gap is narrower than Hampshire’s. The figures below show ‘our gap’ v ‘Hampshire’s Gap’.

Plans for 2016/17:

Naturally we plan to continue the good work we have been doing. For the 2016/17 financial year, each child eligible will continue to bring £1,300. For this year we have published our "Pupil Strategy Statement". This document details the amount of money received, where we are spending our allocation, and our rationale for this. 

Our Pupil Premium Strategy Statement can be read by clicking the document at the bottom of this page or by clicking here

The Service Premium:

The Service Children Premium currently stands at £300 per eligible child, and includes children who have a parent who is currently, or within the past three years, been in our Services. (Please directly inform the School Office if this relates to your child, as we have no other means of knowing.) The Service Premium should not be confused with the Pupil Premium as detailed above - it is not intended for the same purpose as the Pupil Premium. The Service Premium is there to enable schools to support the emotional and social well-being at the key times when the children may need it, such as to support them whilst their parent is away from home on duty. Here, at Orchard, it largely goes towards providing our ELSAs and their resources.