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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is additional funding provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to enhance the education of our most socio-economically deprived students, with the intent of closing the attainment gap of students who are vulnerable to possible underachievement.

The allocation of funding is based upon the number of students entitled to free school meals within the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM) and children in care (known as LAC) that attend the school in Years 7-11.  There is also additional Pupil Premium funding (known as the Service Premium) for any student who has or has had within the last four years a parent in the armed forces (known as Ever 4 Service). All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used annually.


Funding and use of Pupil Premium

At Plympton Academy we have identified a number of barriers to learning of our disadvantaged students (those who are Ever 6 FSM and LAC) and Ever 4 Service students.  Under the DfE’s guidance, academies and school are able to pool the funding together to maximise the impact and enhance the attainment of disadvantaged students. There is no expectation that schools should spend the grant only on eligible pupils.


Number of Eligible Pupil Premium Students 2018-2019

Year 11


Year 10


Year 9


Year 8


Year 7


In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible:

Ever 6 FSM


Looked After Children and adopted children


Ever 4 Service



The most common barriers to learning we have identified for our disadvantaged students which are being addressed through our Action Plan are:

  1. Literacy and numeracy skills – identified from Key stage 2 data results have historically made less progress nationally over Key Stage 3 and 4 than other students
  2. Aspiration and educational ambition – Pupil Premium students arrive at Plympton Academy with low educational ambition and aspirations
  3. Behaviour - this can have a detrimental impact on academic progress where behaviours does not meet our high expectations
  4. Attendance – nationally attendance rates for pupil premium students are lower than that of other peers
  5. Reduced home-school engagement

I order to ensure our funding is maximised we review the spending each year and use the latest case studies from schools with similar contexts, research and evidence from an array of sources including the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) and the Sutton Trust to ensure the greatest positive impact for our disadvantaged students. The EEF recognises that the idea that the attainment gap “can be solved simply by spending more is beguiling but unrealistic….Good teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students”.

The Pupil Premium profiles indicate how are funding is allocated at Plympton Academy along with the action plan for this academic year. These documents are at the bottom of this page.


Free School Meals (FSM)

Free school meals provide eligible students with a free school meal each day. Qualifying students are also entitled to additional support through the funding the Academy receives. To qualify, families should be in receipt one or more of the qualifying benefits:

  • Universal Credit  -  from 1 April 2018 provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)

All applications are processed through Plymouth City Council and can be made at any time throughout the year via a short online form Plymouth City Council is able to check your eligibility online, therefore minimising the need to provide proof of your entitlement. If through a change of circumstances such as being furloughed your son/daughter is eligible for free school meals and you would like assistance with completing the form or any questions regarding the free school meal process, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the email. 

Paul McCormack

Assistant Principal


Free School Meals FAQ’s

If you would like assistance with completing the form or any questions regarding the Free School Meal process or Pupil Premium, please contact Mr.McCormack Assistant Principal:

Further Guidance and Information.

  1. Pupil Premium Frequently Asked Questions
  2. The EEF Guide to the Pupil premium
  3. Further details of Pupil Premium funding and accountability for schools can be found on the Government’s website
  4. Free School Meals FAQ’s