What is the pupil premium?
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers.
How much pupil premium does the school receive?
For 2022/23, the school received £97,485 of pupil premium funding.
How do we review the effectiveness of our Pupil Premium Strategy?
Every year, leaders (including Governors) review the outcomes of pupils in receipt of this additional funding to make sure it is helping children achieve the best possible outcomes. This group looks at a range of data to identify what has worked well and more importantly, what we can improve on. Each year, we identify the key barriers to attainment. In our school these barriers are:
early literacy (including communication and language)
- attendance and punctuality
How do we spend our allocation of pupil premium funding?
Our school adheres to national best practise guidance (recommended by the DfE) when spending its Pupil Premium (PPG) funding. Therefore, we use a tiered approach, targeting spending across the following 3 areas:
- Teaching: School Improvement and professional development for all staff to improve the impact of teaching.
- Academic support: specific (individual or grouped) interventions to support closing gaps in attainment.
- Wider approaches: Family and Pupil Support. Help with cost of educational trips or visits.
Following reviews by the senior leaders, including governing body members, it was decided to separate a proportion of the funding for ‘wider approaches’, making this available directly to individual parents to decide on how this is to be spent. These individual PPG budgets will be available for eligible parents to spend on your child from September 2019.
How to claim your child's pupil premium
Children qualify for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less)
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
These benefits have now been rolled into a single benefit, called Universal Credit.
Children who are - or have been - in care and children who have a parent who is - or was - in the armed forces are also entitled to pupil premium.
If you are unsure if your child is eligible, please come and speak with us and we will be able to help.