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Pupil Premium

Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.


Pupils are identified for pupil premium based on the following criteria:

  • Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years (including eligible children of families with no recourse to public funds)
  • Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care
  • Children who are looked after by the local authority
  • Specific Service Funding is received for students whose parents are or have been serving members of the armed forces in the past 4 years.


The government have decided that School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible pupils.

It is for school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium, within the requirements of the conditions of grant.

At Seaford Head School our intention is that all pupils, irrespective of their background or the challenges they face, make strong progress and achieve positive attainment across the curriculum in order to successfully transition to the next stage of their life.

We are committed to ensuring that all our students achieve their full potential, not only by achieving academic success but also being healthy, resilience and keen to make a positive impact on society. High-quality teaching, curriculum design and carefully targeted intervention support is at the heart of our approach, with a focus on areas in which vulnerable learners require the most support. This is proven to have the greatest impact on closing the disadvantage attainment gap and at the same time will benefit the non-disadvantaged pupils in our school.

Implicit in the intended outcomes detailed in our strategy is the intention that non-disadvantaged pupils’ attainment will be sustained and improved alongside improving progress for their disadvantaged peers. The focus of our pupil premium strategy is to support vulnerable learners to achieve their best potential alongside with the whole school community. Our targeted approaches seek to support all learners who in some way may be vulnerable (educationally, socially or emotionally), regardless of whether they are disadvantaged or not.

The strategy places strong emphasis on the wider needs of our learners by supporting their social, emotional and mental health needs along with engagement in school through positive behaviour and attendance. We truly believe that building a positive healthy approach will ensure the best outcomes for our young people.

Our strategy also includes our plans around whole school recovery, including additional targeted interventions and wellbeing support for pupils whose educational and emotional wellbeing has been worst affected, including non-disadvantaged pupils.