Pupil Premium & FSM

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. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuation. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.

Schools are given a pupil premium for:
• Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1300 for each of these children.
• Children who have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day. These children are awarded a premium of £1900.

How is it spent?
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.

Common ways in which some schools spend their pupil premium fund include:
• Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
• Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.
• Running catch-up sessions before or after school, for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
• Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.
• Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
• Funding educational trips and visits.
• Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
• Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.

USE OF PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING 2015 – 2016

Description Amount Expected Impact
NICE Team including Parent Support Advisor Responsible for Safeguarding and line manages the PSA & Attendance Support.  Support families in difficulty and where possible keeps the child focussing on learning by removing barriers £99,880 Ensuring barriers to learning are removed

 

Children’s physical and social needs are met to enable them to learn

Attendance and Administration Support Prepares information and monitors attendance for further action

Sets programmes for individuals

£10,500 Reduces unnecessary absence
HLTA’s Work with Early Years children on language development £42,906 Develops early language skills
Intervention Teaching Assistants Additional Support for yr 1 – 4 by Teaching Assistants £6,200 Targeted pupils make good progress in English and Maths
Teaching & Learning Development Developing the skills of the adults who work in the school £10,000 Ensuring that all children receive the best teaching possible, adapted to suit their individual needs
Experiences for pupils Out of School Activities £12,000 Children’s knowledge and understanding of the world improves and they are more inspired when they are asked to write
Breakfast Club Out of Hours provision £5,836 Children are more likely to arrive in school on time, giving parents more flexibility in choosing employment
Additional Services – Behaviour Support Bought in Services £12,500 Children’s additional needs are met
Total Spend £199,822

In January 2015 we received a letter from the Rt. Hon David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools congratulating us on our effective use of pupil premium funding.

For the academic year 2016 – 2017 our school have a pupil premium budget of £193,880.

Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its pupil premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support. But research shows that the fund does help to narrow gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers, particularly in English and maths.
Can you influence how the pupil premium is used?  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 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
• Universal credit

From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 qualify for Universal Infant Free School Meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.

Please see below for a Free School Meals Application form to download.  This can be completed and returned to the school office for dispatch to the Local Authority for processing.  We really make a difference with this funding so please apply.

Please click here to apply for Free School Meals.  www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-transport-and-free-school-meals/apply-for-free-school-meals/

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