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Pupil Premium

At Essa Primary, we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress. We track the achievement of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves their potential. We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children is disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin or family income or background.

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It is designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children living in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve age expected outcomes in Maths and English as other 11 year olds.

We are well staffed at Essa Primary and children in all year groups learn in classes where the staff team includes a teacher and at least one member of the support staff team. Children are familiar with working in groups of different sizes, at different times of the day, with different adults. Children of all abilities have the opportunity to work on a 1:1 basis or in a small group with an adult. Within this type of organisation, we do give children extra support when they need it.

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.


The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children, not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium that has been allocated to schools is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for pupils within their responsibility.”  DfE

The funding is, therefore, given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.

The Pupil Premium funding has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do – to monitor children’s progress and to give additional support when required. Families in these circumstances are always treated with the utmost discretion.

Please download and read the documents below to find out how we plan and spend our Pupil Premium Grant.

Essa Primary Pupil Premium Policies and Documents

Essa Primary Pupil Premium Strategy and Evaluation


The school is compliant with all duties placed upon it by the Education Act (2002) which requires that the following responsibilities are discharged by the Governing Body:

  • There is a safeguarding and child protection policy in place.

  • The school operates safe recruitment practices.

  • The school maintains a single central record which includes details of all DBS checks.

  • The school has properly trained senior leaders who are designated to take lead responsibility for dealing with Child Protection and this training is refreshed every 2 years. Currently the Principal, Deputy Principal, Assistant Principal and Children and Families Lead have been trained in this regard.The Principal is the lead for Looked After Children and the Deputy Principal is the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

  • All members of staff receive Child Protection training to equip them to carry out their Child Protection responsibilities effectively and this is refreshed every 3 years.

  • All temporary staff and volunteers are informed of the arrangements for Child Protection.

  • There is a member of the Governing Body with responsibility for Child Protection.

  • The school seeks assurances from other organisations using the school for after-school activities that they have appropriate policies and procedures.

  • The Governing Body reviews its policies and procedures annually and makes an annual report to the Local Authority (LA) regarding Child Protection.


Access to the school during the day is only via the main entrance door which is operated by the admin team. All external doors are kept locked during the day. Children are encouraged to be vigilant and report any unknown adult in school, who is not wearing a blue lanyard to a member of staff.

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Bullying Information

National Bullying Helpline -

If you are struggling with bullying, harassment, cyberbullying or anti-social behaviour issues, this website will enable you to identify solutions and remedies along with practical help.


Childline has lots of advice about different types of bullying and a tool to help children bounce back from bullying.


Young Minds -

If you're being bullied, whether it's online or at school, it can be really difficult and leave you feeling hurt - but you are not alone. Youngminds has advice on how you can tell someone and get help.

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