The Pupil Premium is allocated to children and 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. If you are entitled to the below please let the school office know and we can provide you with more information regarding Free School Meals entitlements.
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’
- Universal Credit, if you apply on or after the 1st April 2018 and your household income is less than £7,400 a year.
As a school all of our Pupil Premium spending decisions are informed by research evidence so that we can ensure that additional support for pupils enables them to reach their full potential. As a school we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support our pupils. Please click below for our Pupil Premium report for the academic year 2020-2021.
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 2021-2022 we are ensuring that we use our Pupil Premium funding to achieve the following:
- Enhancing the provision and learning experiences for our Pupil Premium Phase 1 and 2 pupils with a particular focus on high quality speech, communication and language skills. Through our new hygee and Wanderlust curriculum, we are embedding awe and wonder into the children's learning experiences so that they become inquisitive, confident learners with strong language and communication skills. We will continue to embed our targeted Elklan intervention through our qualified staff.
- Increasing the achievement of Pupil Premium pupils within Writing and Reading at the end of Key Stage 1 -Through targeted writing, reading and fine motor skill interventions and embedding a whole school approach to broadening vocabulary we are confident that out children will become confident readers and writers. The implementation of our Read, Write Inc. programmes will be tailored to enhance our pupil outcomes and our text curriculum will ensure children have to access a 'word rich' text curriculum which can be translated into their composition within writing.
- Increasing the achievement of Pupil Premium pupils within Maths at the end of Key Stage 2 -Through targeted interventions and personalised tuition we will continue to improve pupil's basic maths skills. The implementation of our maths curriculum will be tailored to enhance pupil outcomes for pupils across Key Stage 2, with a particular focus on our Year 6 children.
- Improving outcomes for our more able Pupil Premium pupils - Through the implementation of our provision for grammar school working partnerships, weekly 11+ familiarisation sessions and the university Scholar programme.
- 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 and outdoor learning nurture programmes.
- 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, resilience and working collaboratively.
- Embedding a highly effective programme of parental engagement to ensure outcomes for disadvantaged pupils and their families are enhanced - Through our well established CLIC programmes staff will be providing strong information about children’s progress across the curriculum through both virtual and face-to-face workshop sessions.
Please click on the link below to view our strategy report which will provide more details about the support we are offering to our pupils and families throughout the academic year 2021-2022 and beyond.