What the Pupil Premium (PP) means to us and where did it come from?
All our children who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or have at some time been on FSM will be registered on the Department for Educations (DfE) Ever 6 list in order to distribute additional funding to schools in the form of the PP. Government statistics show that children on the ever 6 register frequently have lower educational attainment than those that have never been eligible, so they introduced the PP in an aim to close this gap.
Our community does have a high level of deprivation and this funding drastically improves what we can offer our families; both in education and family support. We pride ourselves in having the ability to provide additional support for children where needed in the form of grants for uniform, visits and additional resources in classes including one to one interventions and also for supporting the physical, social and health needs of pupils and their families where possible.
What do we use it for?
The Pupil Premium really does allow us to do a lot of things we would not otherwise have the funding to do so.
Some examples are listed below:
- Grants for visits to enhance our children’s experiences
- Uniform assistance grants
- One to one teaching from additional staff
- Specialist teaching assistants to support children with learning needs
- Additional resources for classrooms
- Specialist staff e.g. Commissioned Speech and Language Therapist and Teaching Assistant
- Additional training for all our staff to improve the whole school community and its educational aims
How much do we get?
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
* £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6 * Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil identified in the spring school census as having left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- A special guardianship order
- A child arrangements order
- A residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils is managed by the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.
If any child is eligible for FSM, but they don’t apply because they feel they don’t need it or are embarrassed about doing so, we try to tell their family about the overall benefits not just for their child but for the whole school and its community and that there is nothing to be worried about as we do not ‘label’ children FSM because we are an inclusive school.
To see a breakdown of what funding we receive, how we use it and what impact it has had on our children then please visit our Statutory Information page here.