Cleator Moor Nursery School

Early Years Pupil Premium


The Early Years Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2015. The Government believes that the Early Years Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to close the attainment gap between children. National data and research tells us that children from low income and other disadvantaged families do less well than their school peers. The Early Years Pupil Premium will provide us with extra funding to close this gap.  

The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year-old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who were formerly in local authority care, but who left care because they were adopted or were subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order. This means an extra £302 per year for each child, taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education.

We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the Early Years education that we provide to support any eligible children. However we are held accountable for how we have used the Early Years Pupil Premium. For the financial year April 2016 to March 2017, the School received £4,896. A breakdown of specific interventions, impact and outcomes are recorded termly and reported to Governors.

Here at Cleator Moor Nursery School, this extra funding may be used to support pupils in a variety of ways/ this may include:

  • Targeted interventions for smaller groups of children or 1:1 to support communication, language and literacy or maths support

  • Nurture group work to enhance children’s self-esteem, confidence and positive attitudes to learning

  • Additional resources and/ or staff training to meet specific needs

  • Employ a Level 3 Young Apprentice to increase staff ratios

  • Subsidise school trips and events in school

    Staff are very clear in identifying and targeting any gaps in children’s learning and development. The Headteacher and Class teacher/ SENCO carefully track and analyse pupil progress to ensure that these pupils are given the support they need to achieve their expected progress.

    It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both Primary and Secondary School, so we want to make the most of this additional funding. Pupil premium money has been available for older school age children since 2011 and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. The staff and Governors at Cleator Moor Nursery School want to do the same for our Early Years children entitled to this funding.