What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools, in addition to main school funding, for the purpose of boosting attainment of pupils from low income families. It is intended to enable schools to provide targeted support to help children reach their full potential.
What is Early Years Pupil Premium?
From April 2015 the government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of education for 3 and 4 year old children in state-funded settings for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education.
Bantock Primary School could receive over £302 each year for every eligible 3 or 4 year old which will able the school to better support children’s development, learning and care. In order to claim the funding we need to know which of our families meet at least 1 of the following criteria.
We can claim the funding for your child if your family gets any 1 of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit.
We can also claim the funding for your child if:
- They have been looked after for 1 day or more
- They have been adopted from care
- They have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order.
If you believe that any of the above apply to your family then please contact Mrs Sohi in the office.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children:
- Who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)
- Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and the children of members of the armed forces
- This will also include pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years
What is the purpose of Pupil Premium?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by Pupil Premium.
What is our approach to spending the Pupil Premium?
At Bantock Primary we believe that all children have an equal opportunity to participate in a broad and balanced curriculum according to their needs, abilities and interests. We aim to remove all barriers to achievement and make every child SHINE.
SUCCEED HAPPY INSPIRE NURTURE EDUCATE
As such our key priorities for children eligible for Pupil Premium funding are to educate them as individuals, carefully monitoring their progress and planning next steps on their learning journey to:
- Achieve the highest possible standards in everything they do
- Become happy, inspired, confident and successful learners
- Build trust and respect through strong relationships
- How are we spending the funding?
Our belief and research evidence (The Sutton Trust) shows that, the quality of teaching and learning, which we call ‘Quality First Teaching’ is the most important factor in the achievement of all pupils. This remains a consistent focus of the school as it is a focus of our staff training and support from the leadership team.
In addition to this, additional targeted intervention and support strategies are deployed to make sure all children fulfil their potential.
The Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed in the Autumn Term.
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Convention on the Rights of the Child
24 – Health, water, food, environment
26 – Social and economic help
27 – Food, clothing, a safe home
28 – Access to education
31 – Rest, play, culture, arts