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Pupil Premium



The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to schools to help address the underachievement of pupils from low-income families.

The Department for Education classifies a pupil as ‘disadvantaged’ if they meet any one of the following criteria:

  • Pupils in any year group from reception to year 11 that have been entitled to free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • Looked-after children as defined in the Children Act 1989
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • Children in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
  • National and in-school data shows that, as a group, pupils eligible for the pupil premium face barriers to educational attainment. Common barriers to underachievement include poor numeracy and/or literacy skills, below average attendance and low aspirations or emotional wellbeing.
  • However, we recognise that every child is an individual and so we do not label students. Instead, we seek to tackle underperformance wherever and whenever it occurs by working to understand students’ individual barriers to learning and then addressing these in lesson where possible.

The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools annually. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium will be spent since schools are considered best placed to access what provision should be made for the pupils that they are responsible for. However, schools must report annually on how it has been spent and on its impact. New performance tables also capture the achievement of disadvantaged pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.


Our school vision is to provide an exceptional education for all students, whether disadvantaged or not. We have a moral imperative to ensure that all students have the best possible start in life and so seek to provide all students with equal opportunities to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially. This vision outlines our reasoning behind the Pupil Premium spending.

To this end, we aim to ensure that:

  • all students benefit from the ‘Hatcham Advantage’ by making outstanding academic progress in relation similar students locally and nationally.
  • every young person classified as ‘disadvantaged’ by the DfE benefits directly from the Pupil Premium funding that the school receives
  • any differences in outcomes between disadvantaged students and their peers are closely monitored using in-school reporting mechanisms
  • we recognise that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. Therefore we reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any student or groups of students the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged
  • parents of disadvantaged children understand they can make a positive contribution to their children's achievement in school by engaging in school processes and recognising that parent involvement can make a difference


Number of disadvantaged pupils at Hatcham Primary in 2021-22: 112 

Funding received in 2021-22: £133,089

Primary Phase students - Pupil Premium Spend 2021-2022

We adapt our pupil premium spending each term to meet the ongoing needs of the children and based on the evidenced effectiveness of each intervention.

Please click on the links below to find out how Pupil Premium is spent at Hatcham Temple Grove and its related impact. The tables within the report outline the area of support with the reasoning behind the spend.

More details about the impact Pupil Premium spending has had in previous years


The date for the next Pupil Premium review will be October 2022. 

How to apply for free school meals- a guide for parents

Want to save hundreds of hours and up to £400 a year making packed lunches?

Then check to see if your child is eligible for Free School Meals.

Your child is entitled to free school meals if you receive one of the following benefits:

If you are a parent or carer and receive any of the benefits below, then your child is eligible for Free School Meals.

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross household income of no more than £16,190)
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

If you receive one of the benefits above and your child is not already receiving free school meals then please apply online here https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/link2ict. Once you have applied you do not need to apply again unless your child changes schools*.

If your application for Free School Meals is successful, Haberdashers' Hatcham Primary will also receive extra funding from the Government to use in support of teaching and learning (Pupil Premium).

 *Please note that since September 2014, all children in reception, year one and year two are also entitled to free school meals as part of the Universal Free School Meal Scheme. You do not need to apply online for your child to receive free school meals.

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