Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

The government continues to provide funding targeted at addressing underlying inequalities and aiming to tackle the disadvantages that some children experience in life. As a school we use the money carefully to ensure that our vulnerable children achieved the best support possible. One of the measures for assessing the impact of this funding is to look at those children who claim free school meals (FSM).

The Pupil Premium Funding was introduced in 2011 and is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.

Is my child eligible?

The Pupil Premium funding is allocated to the following groups of children:

  • Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years.
  • Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day.
  • Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.

In March 2018 the Government announced that free school meals would only be available to children in KS2 whose families have a net income of £7,400 or under, effective from 1 April 2018. If your child was previously entitled to free school meals but is no longer, they will still receive pupil premium based on the 'Ever 6' qualification (a pupil who has ever had free school meals in the past six years).

Prior to April 2018, children qualified for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if parents received any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less

These benefits have now been rolled into a single benefit, called Universal Credit. From April 2018, free school meals and pupil premium will only be allocated to pupils with a family income under £7,400 (net) per year.

Since September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 have qualified for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would qualify for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium.

The relevant forms to apply for Free School Meals for your child (ren) in Key Stage 2 can be found at: http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Pupil-Parent-Support/Pages/Healthy-Living-School-Meals.aspx

If you think that your child is in Foundation or Key Stage 1 may be entitled to Pupil Premium, please contact the school office staff.

 

Pupil Premium 2018 - 2019

The school is expecting to receive £1,320 per eligible child from April 2018 – April 2019. There is additional funding if children are adopted, in care or are children of service families.

Our income for 2018-19 will be £xxxxxxx with a carry forward of approximately £xxxxxxxxxxx. There are four broad categories in which we feel the pupil premium should be deployed:

  • Attainment and Progress
  • Engagement
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Attendance

Click below to access our Pupil Premium Strategy for 2018 – 2019 which includes the review of the Strategy 2017 – 2018.