What is pupil premium?
Please see our statement here.
Do schools have to spend the additional funding they are getting on the individual child?
This is additional funding given to schools to improve the educational and personal outcomes for pupils who have been identified as eligible for pupil premium. It is not intended that the additional funding should be used to back-fill the general school budget, nor is it the policy intention that the funding be used to support other groups of pupils, such as those with special educational needs or who are low-attaining. Quite often, however, this money does also benefit other groups of children as a result – such as by reducing class sizes and by employing additional staff.
Parents should note that the funding is not ring-fenced and is not for individual children. Therefore it is for the school to decide how to spend the money and they are not obliged to spend a specific amount on the particular eligible child. Some schools will choose to spend this on individual children to meet particular needs and difficulties, other schools will pool money together to develop projects or gain training. The attachments below summarise how we have spent our pupil premium funding in recent years.
What is the role of parents or carers?
This funding is not provided automatically. An online check is required by each parent - this may be done by yourselves, https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims or by supplying us with your information. All admission forms request this information from you and if provided, will be entered onto the database for checking when your child joins us.
The application made will remain in place until your child reaches the end of Year 6, so if your circumstances change at any time, the system will notify us and the funding will be applied. Once your child has qualified for Pupil Premium funding it will remain with them until the end of Year 6.
The criteria is as follows:
- Income Support
- Employment and Support Allowance – income related
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (not Contribution Based JSA)
- Child Tax Credit only (with a combined family annual income of less than £16,190, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs). Please note that families in receipt of Working Tax Credit, regardless of income, will not qualify for Free School Meals
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- National Asylum Seekers Support (NASS)
- Guaranteed Element of Pension Tax Credit
Review of Provision
Our last external review of pupil premium was carried out by 2 senior leaders from local schools within our ‘School’s Partnership Program’ in November 2018. Their report was shared with staff and governors and we are currently working on the suggestions given to further improve outcomes for this group of pupils.
Our next pupil premium strategy review meeting to take place during the academic year 2019-20.
Outcomes for PP children will be reviewed after our SATs results this year to decide whether this will be an internal or external review.