Pupil Premium at St. Peter’s CofE (A) Primary School
The Pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the school’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children who:
- are in receipt of free school meals or have been in the last 6 years
- children who are looked after or adopted
- children of service families.
Pupil Premium funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress. In addition, it is used to ensure children have access to educational activities that incur additional costs that might not be able to be met by parents.
Our Pupil Premium spending
At St. Peter’s our Pupil Premium funding is used to address the barriers to learning that are faced by children in receipt of this grant. We use this funding to ensure that these children:
- have similar educational and social opportunities as other children
- receive support with their learning to ensure they have the potential to make the same rate of progress as others
- develop a greater sense of self-belief & self-confidence
- develop self-esteem
- can access resources for learning both in school and at home
- receive additional specialist support that they may need to achieve their potential (such as Speech and language interventions).
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils that need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
At St Peter’s we use the money to support a range of different aspects of school life with a focus on every child accessing a wide range of opportunities and making the best progress they can in their time here.
How the school measure the impact of Pupil Premium spending
The progress and achievement of all children are monitored very closely at St Peter’s, through half-termly tracking of pupil progress and attainment. In addition to this, children in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant are tracked and monitored by our Pupil Premium Champion (Mrs. Wise), the SLT and our Pupil Premium governor (Miss. Dyson). We endeavour to ensure that the PPG funding is used in a way that ensure the best possible outcomes break down the barriers to learning faced by children in receipt of this funding.
Information to be published to parents
Schools are required to publish information about pupil premium expenciture and ‘Pupil Premium Strategy’, which should include:
1.In the previous academic year:
- how the pupil premium allocation was spent
- the impactact of the expentiture on eligible and other pupils
2. The current academic year:
- the amount of the school’s allocation of pupil premium grant
- details of the main barrier to educational achievement
- how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
- how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium grant
- the date of the next pupil premium review
The above information can be viewed in our Pupil Premium Strategy document by clicking the here.
Each term we are constantly reviewing the Pupil Premium Strategy, however our next full strategy review will take place in Spring 2020
Eligibility for Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools. If your child is eligible for free school meals then they are eligible for Pupil Premium.
Parent/carers in England donot have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
- Income supoort
- Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
For more information about free school meals in West Sussex, click here.