What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support specific groups of pupils who may be at risk of underachievement The main purpose of the Pupil Premium is to close this gap by raising the achievement and aspirations of disadvantaged groups of children.
Who is eligible for the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been eligible at any point in the past 6 years. It is also allocated for children who have been looked after by the local authority continuously for more than 6 months as well as children who have been adopted.
A smaller grant is also allocated for children whose parents serve in the armed forces. Nationally, this group of children is not under-achieving compared to their peers but the premium enables schools to provide extra support including pastoral support where required. Children whose parents have left the Services since April 2011 (when the Premium was first introduced) will still be eligible, up to a maximum of six years.
How is the Pupil Premium used at Millbrook Primary School?
Part of the Pupil Premium Leads’ role is to:
- Ensure that the needs of individual Pupil Premium children are met
- Provide support to staff when planning specific interventions within and outside of the classroom where appropriate
- Report to parents, governors and teaching staff
- Ensure everyone involved is aware of current information regarding Pupil Premium and provide training where necessary
- Monitor the academic progress of Pupil Premium children
The Pupil Premium lead provides a range of support that includes:
Continuation of Pupil Premium Lead to work with children and to raise parental engagement
- Provision of extra-curricular opportunities
- Quality First Teaching
- Forest School Leader
- Working with and alongside parents
- Working with and alongside a range of professionals from different support groups
- Emotional support for both pupils and adults through ELSA
- Working 1:1 nurture time with pupils and in small groups
- Providing support to our Service families
- Financial provision for educational clubs, extra-curricular experiences and school trips.
Who is entitled to Free School Meals?
Your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, if you are entitled to receive any of the following: If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is worth registering them even if they’re not going to have the school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding and will maximize the support we can provide.
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit.
Pupil Premium Strategy
As a school we write a strategy to explain how we will use this additional funding to support pupils in school, and the impact of last years’ strategy.
If you have any questions do get in touch through the office – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Rich Baish - Pupil Premium Lead.