The Pupil Premium is designed to ensure that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Children can face many barriers to their learning. This can include: child and family behaviours; attitudes to learning and the school environment; levels of support and academic expectations amongst others.
The funding is allocated to Local Authorities and schools with pupils from Reception to Y11 who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), are looked after or have parents currently in the Armed Forces. In 2013/14 the funding allocated was £6,300. From April 2012 the coverage of the Premium was widened to include those eligible for FSM at any point in the previous six years.
Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?
Your child is eligible if you are claiming:
- Income support or
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance or
- Income- related employment and support allowance or
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or
- Child Tax Credit but are not entitled to working tax credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) does not exceed £16,190 or
- Guarantee element of state pension credit note: Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four- week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.
How does the school get the money?
If your child is eligible, in order for the school to get the Pupil Premium funding your child MUST be registered for free school meals. You can register your child for free school meals if you are claiming any of the above.
Important things to know.
Your child only needs to be registered for free school meals. They don’t have to eat them. They can still bring a packed lunch. Your child will still continue to attract Pupil Premium funding for six years after they have stopped being eligible for free school meals, whichever school they attend. So even if you will only be claiming one of the above benefits for a short while, it is really worth the effort of registering your child for free school meals.
How is it spent?
The funding is used to support booster sessions, intervention groups, clubs, resources educational/residential visits, support staff training and teaching assistant support across the school.
Measuring the impact
The pupil premium finances are strategically directed to raising pupil attainment and progress is carefully tracked on an individual basis to ensure those pupils benefit from targeted interventions. The governing body and head teacher monitor the deployment of all resources including finances to ensure that it has a positive impact on children’s learning.
Please see details of expenditure and impact below.