Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The ‘Pupil Premium Funding’ is funding from the government specifically to help address the inequalities that some children face who are considered to be ‘the most disadvantaged’ in schools. The government asks all schools to focus on children who receive free school meals, children who are considered ‘looked after’, and children from the families of service personnel.

The money is to help schools put in place bespoke and personalised ways to support these children in order to help raise their achievement and attainment levels so that by the time they have reached Year 11, they might have the same life chances as their peers as they move beyond school


Number of pupils and pupil premium grant (PPG) that should be received
Total number of pupils on roll 29
Total number eligible for PPG 17
Amount of PPG that should be received per pupil £935 and LAC £1900
Amount of PPG received £17,825
NB: Sherborne Learning Centre does not receive this funding directly and is in constant negotiation with mainstream feeder secondary schools to reimburse their students’ entitlement.

Nature of Support

Sherborne Learning Centre is committed to raising the achievement of PPG students.

Our aim is to close the gaps in reading, writing and mathematics between students in receipt of the grant and those who do not.  The entire staff is aware of who these students are and what potential barriers to learning they may have.  The information on all PPG students including those who are LAC is made available by the inclusion lead to all staff in weekly briefings.

The breadth of interventions to achieve this goal includes, 1:1 personalized sessions, the offer of alternative (practical) provision off-site, e.g Redlands, REACH and Rylands Farm.  The re-visiting around the importance of quality first teaching and assessment.  Challenge should be planned for appropriately.  ELSA support is provided on a 1:1 and group basis.  The introduction of tutors and year leads has meant that the students and their parents/carers have been able to build a positive rapport with the centre.

New visual literacy texts are being trialled in KS3.

An independent review of Pupil Premium spend is currently being commissioned.