The Pupil Premium is allocated to children 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.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit so that they can provide additional support for pupils to reach their full potential. However 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 2019-2020.
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 2020-2021 we are ensuring that we use our Pupil Premium funding to achieve the following:
- Increasing the achievement of Pupil Premium pupils within Reading at the end of Key Stage 1 - Through targeted reading interventions and embedding a whole school approach to broadening vocabulary we are confident that out children will become fluent readers. The implementation of our Read, Write Inc. programmes will be tailored to enhance our pupil outcomes and our new text curriculum will ensure children have to a 'word rich' text curriculum.
- 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.
- Embedding the leadership role of pupils throughout the school - We will continue to extend the roles of pupil mentors and school council representatives across the school supporting younger children within their learning and across the wider local community.
- 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.
The strategy report below highlights in more detail the support we are offering to our pupils and families throughout the academic year 2020-2021.