Duffield Meadows Primary School

Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium at Duffield Meadows
We have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should ever be at a disadvantage. We strongly believe that success is not determined by your starting point but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential.
Background to Pupil Premium Funding
The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament. At Duffield Meadows we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to 'close the gap' regarding attainment.

Our Approach
Money has been ring-fenced and used to benefit all pupil premium pupils. We have established clear lines of responsibility with a member of the senior leadership team taking responsibility for Pupil Premium. The governors teaching, learning and community committee will work closely with the SLT lead to monitor how money is being used to achieve the desired outcomes.
At Duffield Meadows our relatively low proportions of FSM children have meant that our pupil premium money has represented a small proportion of our budget and we have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:
Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment;
Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions;
Making sure there is at least good teaching on a day to day basis;
Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions.

All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and they know which children are focus children.
Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children by extending provision on offer.

Latest Spending
Since the pupil premium funding was introduced we have targeted the spending to improve outcomes for our children. We continue in our drive for pupils to do even better by tackling any within school variance, developing the roles of all staff and looking for ways to increase learning time. Here is our latest, and previous, spending plans:

Pupil Premium Strategy 2022-23

Previous Spending

Pupil Premium Spending for 2021-22 

Pupil Premium Spending for 2020-21

Pupil Premium Spending for 2019-20

Pupil Premium Spending for 2018-19

Pupil Premium Spending for 2017-18

Pupil Premium Spending for 2016-17

Pupil Premium Spending for 2015-16

If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family's income level, please contact the office (in confidence). Even if you do not wish to have the free meals, this would mean that the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child.
There is also an allocation for children who are in care, adopted from care or members of families who serve in the armed forces.