WHAT IS THE PUPIL PREMIUM?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
PP is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been Looked After by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months, children who have been Adopted from Care or who are placed under a Special Guardianship Order and children of Service Personnel.
Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Mrs Dickinson will be able to tell you what you need to do to register your child as eligible.
All children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for Universal Infant Free School Meals, regardless of their family income. However only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the Pupil Premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim Pupil Premium to spend on enhancing your child’s education.
Use of Funding in School
Schools have the freedom to spend this additional funding in a way they think will best support the achievement and attainment of these pupils.
Historically, we have used PP funding in the following ways;
- A qualified ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) to support children with their emotions and well-being
- Small group or individual support
- Catch up reading schemes
- Phonic booster sessions
- Pre-teaching sessions
- Pastoral support
- Precision teaching
- Literacy Volunteers for extra reading
- Financial support towards the cost of trips or learning enhancements
Please refer to our PP Strategy Reports below. However, please be aware that due to the small numbers of pupils receiving PP funding we can not share detailed analysis on the website in case children can be identified.