How we use our

Additional Funding

Pupil Premium

“We have already made significant progress towards closing the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. This additional funding will ensure teachers continue to have the resources they need to give all pupils the best possible start at school, regardless of their background.” – Rt Hon David Laws (2014) Press Release,

Key Facts & Principles

Pupil Premium funding is provided for children who are considered to be disadvantaged, namely:

  • Children from low-income families who are currently eligible for FSM (Free School Meals).
  • Children who have been eligible for FSM in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6’).
  • Children in care who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. As from April 2014, children declared on the January 2014 census who have been adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) on or after 30th December 2005, or who left care under a Residence Order (RO) on or after 14th October 1991 (known as “post-LAC”).
  • Children from families where one or more parents is currently in the British Armed Forces of the UK. This is known as the Service Child Premium, which includes children whose parents have died in service and are in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS).

East Barnet School implements strategies and interventions which target all students who are identified as underachieving, particularly those in receipt of the Pupil Premium. We do not overtly single out disadvantaged students as this could impact negatively on their self-esteem.

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and is paid to schools each year by means of a specific grant based on January school census figures.

As an academy, East Barnet School receives the Pupil Premium via the Education Funding Agency.

Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and make payments where an eligible looked after child is on roll. East Barnet School receives funding from Barnet and other local authorities for looked after children.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools each financial year, but funding unspent at 31st March may be carried forward to the next financial year.

To find out more information about Free School Meals and to download an application form, please look at our Parent page.

Literacy & Numeracy Catch-up Funding

“The government is providing a literacy and numeracy catch-up premium for Year 7 pupils who have failed to reach level 4 in reading and/or mathematics – the 2 most important skills for life.” – Department for Education (2014) Press Release,

The catch-up premium gave schools additional funding to support Year 7 students who did not achieve Level 4 or above in reading and/or mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2). The amount of funding available from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for each year was based upon figures published in the autumn school census and results from the National Curriculum assessments at KS2. The grant was spent for the purposes of the school for the educational benefit of students.

The DfE have announced that the premium will not be available past the 2019-20 academic year, and therefore we will not be reporting on any future plans with that particular funding.

Funding and Number of Students:

  2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Amount of Funding Available £9,000 £10,335 £10,335 £9,172


Specific areas where funding is implemented include:

  • transition visits by two senior members of staff to all primary schools and students during the Summer Term;
  • intensive small-group tuition;
  • high ratio of teachers to students in small English and Mathematics classes in Year 7;
  • external services and materials, such as computer-based learning resources.

Impact on targeted students attainment in 2017-18:

In English there were 28 students targeted:

  • 15 of these students made progress in English by the end of Year 7.

Progress measured through the KS3 learning ladder.

In Mathematics 23 students were targeted:

  • 2 students moved up a group at the start of Year 8.
  • All students made progress in at least 1 out of 4 of the Mathematical areas assessed: Numbers, Geometry, Algebra, Data.
  • 17 students made progress in at least 2 out of the 4 Mathematical areas assessed.
  • 10 students made progress in at least 3 out of the 4 Mathematical areas assessed.
  • 1 student made progress in all 4 of the Mathematical areas assessed.

Attainment and progress was measured though teacher assessment.

Students identified as needing further support will have access to a range of support in Year 8 (see provision map through Additional Educational Needs).

Incoming Year 7 students will have access to the range of provision as seen on our website and targeted groups are identified in the Summer Term of Year 6.