Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Pupil Premium application form - please download and return to the school office for processing.
Purpose

The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).  The funding is allocated in order to ensure any barriers to learning are addressed.

Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.

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 to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

Schools decide how to use the Pupil Premium as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through performance tables, the new Ofsted inspection framework, and the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online.
 

Our rationale for the use of Pupil Premium

We use our pupil premium funding across the school spread over a number of activities partly paying for each of them rather than using it all for one purpose. The range of provisions the School provides include:
  • Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focused on overcoming barriers to learning, in addition to running booster groups across the key stages. 
  • We have introduced Read Write Inc in Key Stage 1 – this is a Phonics programme for four to seven-year-old children learning to read and write, and for seven and eight-year-olds who need to catch up.
  • Additional teaching and learning opportunities provided through trained Teaching Assistants. 
  • We run a weekly Nurture group to support children with social, emotional and behaviour issues, unfortunately this is not operational due to the Covid pandemic.
  • Onsite Outdoor Learning is provided allowing children to experience the environment around them.
  • Subsidising a number of residential trips and extra curricular activities and music and singing tuition in the school.
  • Subsidising the cost of swimming lessons.
  • Providing Scholastic Educational books to support learning at home, for example, Handwriting, Comprehension, Maths and Spelling.
  • Individual needs are met on a case by case basis if required.