Pupil Premium Strategy
What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to schools based on the number of students in years 7-11 that are classed as ‘disadvantaged’. The funding should be used to raise the attainment of ‘disadvantaged’ students and support them in reaching their potential. Students are classed as ‘disadvantaged’ if they fit into any of the following categories:
- Those who are receiving free school meals (FSM) or who have received FSM in the last 6 years (Ever6 FSM);
- Those students recorded as a service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence (Ever6 Service Child);
- Those who are classed as Looked-after Children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority;
- Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order).
Claiming Free School Meals
We would encourage any potentially eligible parents/guardians/carers to apply for free school meals as the money does not just pay for school meals, but also for additional subsidies such as uniform, trips, school materials, revision books etc. Students who receive this support are not explicitly identified to other students. For example, using our fingerprint payment system, students eligible for FSM have the amount automatically loaded each day and use the system in the same way as all other students.
Eligibility is based on one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- 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 Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
To complete an application you will need to provide:
- Your own name and date of birth
- Contact details
- National Insurance Number or National Asylum Seekers Number
- Child's name and date of birth
- School your child is attending/will attend.
The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via any computer. If you qualify, you will receive confirmation to inform you that you are eligible. This confirmation will be transferred to our database at school automatically.
Please register at: https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims
If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Headteacher’s PA, Mrs Lannin on 01908 520264 ext 250 who will arrange for support to be available.
How can schools use Pupil Premium funding?
The purpose of the funding is for schools to appropriately support those students identified as Pupil Premium and enable them to both raise their attainment and reach their potential. Schools are free to spend the funding as they see fit and there is no requirement for it to be spent on individual students simply because they are classed as Pupil Premium.