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Pupil Premium

The focus of our Pupil Premium strategy is to raise the attainment of all disadvantaged pupils irrespective of whether they are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. As our vision statement states, we aim to put all our children at the heart of learning and enable them to achieve and develop their full potential. We aim to work closely with parents and carers to enable them to best support their children with their learning.  We draw on research evidence, such as the Education Endowment Foundation’s teaching and learning toolkit, and evidence from our own experience to allocate funding to best suit the needs of the pupils in our school.  


The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) was introduced in April 2011 and provides funding for:

  • Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential.
  • Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.

Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers. The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress. Underpinning this focus on attainment, we always aim for all our pupils to be active participants in our school community and feel a sense of belonging. We aim for all pupils to access wider school enhancement activities, including afterschool clubs, sporting fixtures and residential trips and to take an active role in pupil leadership opportunities such as school council. 


Bere Regis School receives pupil premium funding based on the number of children we have from the following groups:

  • Free school meals: Schools receive funding for every student who claims free school meals or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
  • Looked-after and previously looked-after children: Schools receive funding for every student who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. Local authorities receive funding for each child they are looking after; they must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s personal education plan.
  • Service premium: Schools receive funding for every student with a parent who is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence. This funding is used to help with pastoral support.

To find out more about Pupil Premium and Free School Meals including eligibility criteria please visit the Dorset Council website: