The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years.
How to ensure you get your entitlement to free school meals and access to Pupil Premium Funding for your child
We now have access to a new system for checking your availability for claiming free school meals.
Who is entitled?
You are entitled if you receive any of the following:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- Employment Support Allowance – income related (ESA(IR))
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190
- Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit during the 4-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less than 16 hours per week. You will have a letter from HMRC stating that you are entitled to a 4-week ‘run on’ of Working Tax Credit’
What do you need to do?
All we need is your name, national insurance number and date of birth. We can then use the Local Authority to check your entitlement, it’s that simple! Please be assured that the system is secure and your details will not be shared with any other organisation. Please contact the school office if you want to apply for free school meals who will be happy to support you with your application form.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However as a school we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. Please click below for our Pupil Premium report for the academic year 2016-2017.
As a school we make informed decisions about our Pupil Premium Funding to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential. We make good use of educational research such as The Sutton Trust - EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit to guide us on how best to use the school's resources. Throughout the academic year 2017-2018 we are ensuring that we use our Pupil Premium funding to achieve the following:
- Narrowing the gap between pupil groups - Through targeted interventions and personalised tuition we will continue to improve pupil's basic English and maths skills. The implementation of the Singapore maths curriculum and Read, Write Inc. programmes will be tailored to enhance our pupil outcomes.
- Continuing to raise standards in maths - By embedding a whole school approach to mathematics ensuring that our children become confident and fluent mathematicians and raising outcomes for pupils within greater depth expectations through a particular focus on reasoning skills.
- Improving outcomes for our more able Pupil Premium pupils - Through the implementation of our provision for grammar school working partnerships.
- Improving the attendance of Pupil Premium Pupils to ensure that they are in school regularly and on time promoting increased attainment and progress - Through weekly personalised tuition after school for pupils with staff, for identified pupils who have been absent in previous lessons.
- Continuing to work closely with our families - Through extending the support for parents in skills session training in the curriculum and through providing targeted parents' meetings and personalised learning plans to enhance learning at home.
- Ensuring the emotional well-being of our children so that they are able to maximise their receptiveness to learn - Through extended services and our play therapy programme.
- Embedding the leadership role of pupils throughout the school - We will continue to extend the roles of pupil mentors across the school supporting younger children within their learning.
- Broadening the educational experiences of children - We will provide opportunities both within the school and as extra-curricular activities to develop children's confidence, independence and working collaboratively.
The strategy report below highlights in more detail the support we are offering to our pupils and families throughout the academic year 2017-2018.