Pupil Premium Funding is an allocation of additional Government funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who may be vulnerable to underachievement.
Who receives the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium can be allocated to all pupils from Reception. You are entitled to this funding if you are registered for Free School Meals (FSM), or if you have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (this is known as ‘Ever 6’). Pupil Premium is also allocated to adopted children and children who have been in care continuously for 6 months or more (known as ‘child in care’ children). There is also a service child premium for children with parents who are currently serving in the military.
Who is eligible for free school meals?
Children are eligible for free school meals if their parents or carers receive any one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Pension Credit Guarantee
- Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit and an annual taxable income below £16,190.
How is the money spent?
This money is spent in a variety of ways to support disadvantaged pupils across our school to overcome barriers to their learning. Although schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils, we do work closely with professionals and families to ensure this is spent in the very best way to support personal well-being and academic progress. This might include improving attendance, supporting emotional well-being, narrowing attainment gaps or providing enhancement opportunities to the curriculum.
We are held accountable for the decisions we make regarding the spend of our Pupil Premium allocation and the impact it has had for pupils.
Full details of our current PP strategy plan can be found in the pdf document at the bottom of the page.
How to apply for PP funding
We urge all parents and carers to register for free school meals if you feel you may be eligible. Not only does this ensure your child can have a school meal, if they wish, but it also entitles you to meal vouchers during school holidays (when these are offered) and access to the Holiday Activity Fund through Newcastle City Council. In addition, if you don’t register, the school misses out on vital government funding which can be used to support your child.
Registering for free school meals is easy, there are no lengthy or complicated application forms and there is no obligation for your child to take school meals just because they are registered.
You can apply using the link below:
If you think your child may eligible to receive this additional funding and support but are not sure whether the school are aware of this, please speak to the school office or Mrs Moore.