The Pupil Premium Grant is an additional sum of money paid to the school to support looked after children and those eligible for free school meals.


One of the key aims of the funding is to ‘narrow the gap’ in terms of achievement for vulnerable groups of children. It can be difficult to show immediate cause and effect after initiatives but we feel that if students are engaged, responding and happy, their capacity to learn and progress will increase. We also want to provide better access to educational experiences to remove barriers to learning.


Although many of our students qualify to attract Pupil Premium, Portfield School did not receive funding for the academic years 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17.  In May 2018 we received a payment of £10,340.00 from one Local Authority. This was a retrospective payment to cover 2016/17 (£3,575.00) for 3 students and 2017/18 (£66765.00) which relates to 6 students.  We continue to pursue this entitlement for our students. 


Payments received to date have been used to support general targeted actions and individual intervention. These include:


  • Communication and literacy intervention sessions
  • IT equipment to assist accessing the curriculum and to promote communication and interaction
  • Community based sporting activities
  • Sessions with a student counsellor and/or music therapist to develop confidence, self-esteem, well-being and outcomes
  • Sensory equipment to ‘engage’ students in play and develop more communication
  • Part funding to support access to enrichment activities such as forest schools, music therapy and specialist resources
  • Sensory regulation and PECS resources


Our Pupil Premium Strategy, Report and Action Plan is available on request.


What is the Early Years Pupil Premium?


It is additional funding provided from the Government to support three and four year olds early education. If your child is eligible, your childcare setting (nursery, pre-school, nursery class or registered childminder) can claim up to £300 a year to support your child’s individual learning.


Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?


Being a Non-Maintained Special School this funding is given at the Local Authorities discretion. Therefore, by registering your child as eligible for FSM may bring funding into school to help your child achieve. Please be assured we will do our utmost to obtain the funding and information you share with us will not be used for any other purpose.


Pupil premium is allocated to pupils from low income families and the eligibility check is identical to the Free School Meals eligibility check. Qualifying benefits are as follows:


  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (income-based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income-based)
  • Child Tax Credit based on income below £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Asylum Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run on’ (this is the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)


Families who receive any level of Working Tax Credit are not entitled to free school meals.


How do I apply for Pupil Premium?


If your child is in Year 3 or above and you have already applied for free school meals, you do not need to do anything more. If your child is in early education, Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, you should contact your Local Authority:


  • Poole – has a Pupil Premium Application form which needs to be returned to the Free School Meals and Education Transport Team or you can Email
  • Bournemouth – for further information or assistance contact General Enquiries 01202 451451 or the Early Education Funding Team on: 01202 456231 or you can Email
  • Dorset – request parents submit a free school meals online application to apply for pupil premium for your school. Submitting an application will have no effect on your child’s free school meal. Please visit their website


If you have any questions about Pupil Premium Funding then please contact the school office.


For more information on Pupil Premium visit the GOV.UK website.


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