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Pupil Premium Funding

Introduced in 2011, Pupil Premium funding is given to schools to address inequalities and enable support to reach the pupils who need it most.  It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.  As an inclusive school, Tanners Wood strongly believes that no pupil should be disadvantaged because of background and the consistent attainment and progress of our pupils over several years shows our commitment.

The following link has further information about Pupil Premium: Pupil Premium Information from Government website.

At Tanners Wood, we address barriers to the educational achievement of children eligible for this grant, holistically. As well as funding a number of programmes and intervention groups, to boost pupils' attainment and progress, we ensure that disadvantaged pupils have access alongside their peers to extra-curricular opportunities to boost their health, well-being and self-esteem, which also impacts on attendance. 

This funding is allocated to schools based on the number of children, who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM); the funding  also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years; children who have been officially been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months and children where a parent serves in the armed forces or have been over the past six years.

The impact of these initiatives is measured by the progress children in this group make in comparison to their peers, as well as to their ability to access learning and attend regularly. Successful models of targeted intervention, alternative provision and pastoral support for individuals and groups is continuing this academic year, provided by our Pastoral Teaching Assistant, our Family Support Worker and Intervention Support Teaching Assistants.


  • We seek to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all the pupils.
  • We seek to 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.
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals.

Free School Meals

All pupils eligible for Free School Meals are entitled to additional funding to further support their education and well-being and to raise their attainment.

If your child is, or ever has been, eligible for Free School Meals, you can apply using the forms below.

Are you entitled to Free School Meals (FSM)?

To receive Free School Meals, you only need to have any one of the following:-

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

If you claim for a Free School Meal, then your child will be entitled to the following:

  • Additional funding for support, tuition or equipment in the classroom.
  • School trips subsidised (50% reduction).
  • A free school meal that you may choose to receive.
  • Pastoral support both at home and at school.

To find out more information on whether you are eligible for Free School Meals, please click here.

Tanners Wood will benefit by receiving extra funding for all children in school eligible for Pupil Premium, to allow us to cater for your child's needs and give them the little 'extras' they deserve to help them at school.

By registering for a F.S.M. your child has the option to have a school meal at lunchtime or, alternatively, you can still provide a packed lunch if they prefer not to have a hot dinner. Either way you will become eligible for the funding as detailed above

Pupil Premium Strategy at Tanners Wood

The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of those pupils identified as pupil premium and their peers. Tanners Wood will ensure it reaches the pupils who need it the most and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives. The learning and experiences funded by the pupil premium grant will be allocated on evidence-based research as to most effective practices. The impact on the funding will be audited regularly in order to ensure it is being used effectively to close the gap for eligible pupils.

Pupil Premium Strategy:

Pupil Premium Strategy 2021-2024Pupil Premium Strategy -Updated Autumn 2022Pupil Premium Strategy - Autumn update 2023.pdf