The Pupil Premium is provided by the government and is additional to main school funding. It was introduced to address underlying inequalities between children who are eligible for free school meals and their peers and is paid direct to schools in order that the 'funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.' (DfE).
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
At Risby CEVC Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that all of our children achieve their true potential; that all of our children can truly Believe, Grow and Shine. We understand that 'educational attainment is the best predictor that we have of a young person's long-term outcomes' (Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive Education Endowment Foundation) and we are passionate about ensuring no child is disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin, family income or background. Having identified possible barriers to educational achievement for children eligible for Pupil Premium funding, we allocate funding to improve attendance and to ensure children achieve their potential academically, physically, socially and emotionally:
In order to ensure our Pupil Premium provision is effective we closely monitor any interventions, support and strategies. Class teachers regularly review the emotional, social, physical and academic progress of their Pupil Premium children with the Senior Leadership Team and we hold half-termly meetings to review any targeted additional support, using formative and summative assessment to measure impact.
Funding is always allocated to meet the particular needs of the children for whom it has been provided and the percentage split between targeted additional support; richness of curriculum and wellbeing will therefore vary.
For the period April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019 the school received £31,400 of Pupil Premium funding and this was allocated as follows:
Is my child eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?
In September 2014, the Government introduced ‘Universal Free School Meals’ for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However, it is important that parents and carers of children in these year groups still apply (through completing a very short form!) for free school meals if they think that they may be eligible, in order that the school receives Pupil Premium funding for them.
If you would like to find out more about whether your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium funding, please speak to Mrs Ebbs in the school office or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org