What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is an amount of money that is given to a school from the Government to help disadvantaged children. The Pupil Premium is intended to benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
This started in 2011 and has continued ever since because research shows that children from low income families perform less well at school than children who are not from low income families.
Which children receive the Pupil Premium?
We receive the Pupil Premium if a child meets any of the following requirements:
- The child qualifies for free-school meals now or has qualified for them in the past 6 years - we receive £1,320 per year for each of these children;
- The child has been looked after under local authority care for more than one day - we receive £2,300 per year for each of these children; or,
- The child is from a service family who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence - we receive £300 per year for each of these children.
How do I apply for free-school meals so my child receives the Pupil Premium?
There is no harm in applying for free-school meals even if it ends up that your child is not eligible for them - after all, it is better that all families apply so the school receives the maximum amount of funding possible to help the children. Please help us by clicking here to apply on-line - you will need your National Insurance number or Home Office number.
How does the school spend its Pupil Premium funding?
The Pupil Premium Strategy below lists the exact details for how we spend this money but, in short, we tend to use the money to help disadvantaged children in the following ways:
- We organise for a teaching assistant in Reception to work one-to-one with children who have speech and language difficulties;
- We organise for a teaching assistant to work with Reception and KS1 children doing one-to-one phonics and guided reading;
- We organise for higher-level teaching assistants to work one-to-one with children, checking over their work in their English and maths books, correcting mistakes and attempting extra challenges set by the adult;
- We fund after-school tuition for reading and maths led by a teacher in school;
- We fund after-school maths tuition via Third Space Learning where the child works on-line with a maths graduate;
- We arrange for a higher-level teaching assistant to work with a small group of low-attaining children from Years 5 and/or 6 to help them secure the basics in reading and writing before they go to secondary school;
- We have a 'Walking Bus' where two members of school staff help walk children to school to improve their attendance and punctuality;
- We fund a sports coach to work with children at lunchtime to help them engage in active play;
- We fund music tuition, including steel pans, to encourage children's creativity;
- We fund outdoor adventure learning for children to help them develop their social skills and self-confidence;
- We have three members of staff trained in Talking and Drawing to help children talk about their worries; and,
- We pay for disadvantaged children to attend school trips and after-school clubs so they don't miss out on opportunities other children are receiving.
If you have a particular query about the Pupil Premium, please contact the school office and ask for your query to be passed onto the Headteacher.