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Pupil Premium & Free School Meals


What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to disadvantaged children in order to close the achievement gap.

The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils.  Four categories of pupils are eligible:

o   Pupils currently entitled to FSM

o   Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of primary school education)

o   Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care

o   Children of Service personnel


How is the Pupil Premium allocated?

Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However, all schools will be held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what the impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils. These reports are available to view below.


What does The Dolphin School offer Pupil Premium children?

Alongside quality first teaching in every classroom, every child eligible for Pupil Premium has access to:

  • Additional support with English and Maths through targeted intervention

  • One after school club paid for by the school

  • One school uniform voucher worth £40

  • Free second hand uniform 

  • Discounted school trip contribution (£20 rather than £40)

  • Free Learning Pack for children in EYFS


Access to the following services will be based on individual need:

  • Family Support Worker

  • Pastoral Support Worker

  • Mentor Support


Are you eligible for Pupil Premium?

Please read our Pupil Premium Leaflet or pop into the office. It only takes a few minutes to check. 



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