What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support specific groups of pupils who may be at risk of underachievement The main purpose of the Pupil Premium is to close this gap by raising the achievement and aspirations of disadvantaged groups of children.
Who is eligible for the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for pupils who are known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been eligible at any point in the past 6 years. It is also allocated for children who have been looked after by the local authority continuously for more than 6 months as well as children who have been adopted.
A smaller grant is also allocated for children whose parents serve in the armed forces. Nationally, this group of children is not under-achieving compared to their peers but the premium enables schools to provide extra support including pastoral support where required. Children whose parents have left the Services since April 2011 (when the Premium was first introduced) will still be eligible, up to a maximum of six years.
How is the Pupil Premium used at Thameside Primary School?
- To ensure that the needs of individual Pupil Premium children are met
- Quality First Teaching with additional teaching staff to provide targeted teaching
- HSLW (Home School Link Workers) to improve attendance, provide parenting support, provide support for individual children
- Teaching Assistants in classrooms
- Continued Professional Development for teaching staff and teaching assistants
- Running nurture groups
- Various interventions to provide additional support to reading, writing, maths and social development
- Providing support to our Service families
Who is entitled to Free School Meals?
Your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, if you are entitled to receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit.
If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is worth registering them even if they’re not going to have the school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding and will maximize the support we can provide.
Pupil Premium Strategy
As a school we write a strategy to explain how we will use this additional funding to support pupils in school, and the impact of last years’ strategy.
If you have any questions please get in touch through the school office: firstname.lastname@example.org