What is the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)?

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is a grant given to schools to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and to support pupils with parents in the armed forces (this part of it is know as the service premium).

Eligibility for the Pupil Premium Grant

The following children are eligible for the PPG:

  • Children eligible for Free School Meals
  • Children who have received Free School Meals in the last six years
  • Looked-after children
  • Children who were previously looked-after, but have left care through a Special Guardianship Order, a Residence Order or Child Arrangements Order.

What are our aims for the Pupil Premium Grant?

The aim is to identify and implement strategies that help to increase social mobility and reduce the attainment gap between the most and least disadvantaged pupils nationally.  This can be seen in the Pupil Premium Charter created by the school.


The school's strategies for using the grants can be read in the reports below.  The Department for Education acknowledges that it is for schools to determine how the grants are used, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.  We review these strategies during the course of the academic year and assess their impact both in terms of strategy and spending.

Raising the achievement of Pupil Premium students to at least expected progress involves a variety of support including:

  • Provision to raise literacy and numeracy levels. 
  • Providing social and emotional support/interventions to improve attendance and behaviour.
  • Enhanced/improved cultural trips, activities, extra-curricular activities and support with uniform, resources etc.
  • Personalised 'pen portraits' and plans for support. 

Key Barriers to Learning

The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face are complex and varied; there is no single difficulty faced by all.  However, we have identified several barriers that we believe are particularly relevant to the disadvantaged children in our context, including:

  • Literacy and numeracy.
  • Completion of home learning.
  • Attendance.
  • Complex social and emotional needs.

Information for Parents

The School has tried to communicate more clearly with regard to the support offered and as such, publishes a Pupil Premium Offer (reviewed yearly) and a timeline of key events.  Further information relating to Pupil Premium is published in the weekly email bulletin and through letters.

 Pupil Premium Letter

 Pupil Premium Offer 2018-19

 Pupil Premium : Timeline of Key Events 2018-19

If you have any questions regarding Pupil Premium support please contact mailbox@backwellschool.net.

Senior Leader with responsibility for overseeing Pupil Premium Support : Dan East (Assistant Headteacher).

Strategy and Expenditure


 Pupil Premium Strategy and Expenditure 2018-19
 Total pupils on roll (Key Stage 3 and 4) 1387  
 Total number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Grant     175         
 Total amount of Pupil Premium Grant received  £149,385

Click here to view Pupil Premium Strategy 2018-19 (coming so n)

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Pupil Premium Strategy and Expenditure 2017-18
 Total pupils on roll (Key Stage 3 and 4)  1,376       
 Total number of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium Grant  176
 Total amount of Pupil Premium Grant received  £141,000

Click here to view Pupil Premium Strategy and Expenditure 2017-18