Pupil Premium and Recovery Premium Strategy

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in 2011 and is a government initiative that allocates additional funding to schools to support specific groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. The extra funding we receive falls into two categories:

  • Disadvantaged Pupil Premium

  • Service Pupil Premium

At The Avenue Primary School & Children’s Centre we believe all children should be given every opportunity to realise their full potential. Pupil Premium funding represents a significant proportion of our budget and this paper outlines how we ensure it is spent to maximum effect.

The Government has given schools discretion in how best to spend the Disadvantaged and Service Premiums, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be put in place for these children.

Disadvantaged Pupil Premium

The purpose of the disadvantaged pupil premium is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential. Disadvantaged pupils are defined as:

  • Pupils that are known to have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years                                                                                          

  • Looked After Children who are currently under the care of the Local Authority

  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order


We are determined to ensure that all our children succeed and we recognise the need for and are committed to providing completely individualised interventions for set periods of time to support children.

We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.

We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.

In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.

We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.

Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.

Please click on the link below to view our most recent Disadvantaged Pupil Premium Strategy and Analysis.

Service Pupil Premium

Service Pupil Premium is allocated for pupils who fall into one of the following categories:

  • Pupils who have a parent who is currently serving in the regular armed forces

  • Pupils who have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011
  • Pupils who have a parent that died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
  • Pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full time reserve service

The purpose of the Service Pupil Premium is:

  • To offer mainly pastoral support during challenging times and to help mitigate the negative impact on service children of family mobility or parental deployment.

  • Mobility is when a service family is posted from one location to another, including overseas and within the UK.

  • Deployment is when a service person is serving away from home for a period of time. This could be a 6 to 9 month tour of duty, a training course or an exercise which could last for a few weeks.

Further information can be found via the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium/service-pupil-premium-what-you-need-to-know