What is it?
The Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on children who are registered for Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for FSM within the last 6 years, and children that have been Looked After by the Local Authority for more than six months.
Why has it been introduced?
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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools are free to allocate the money to the initiatives they feel will best ensure their pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
At Trent Vale the pupils who we receive Pupil Premium funding for are more likely to have difficulties with speech, language and communication. Additionally they may have experienced events that have been detrimental to their emotional health and well-being. These barriers to educational achievement mean that they are likely to have less well developed learning behaviour and are less likely to achieve a Good Level of Development at the end of F2 than other pupils which means they are not yet ready to access the Y1 curriculum.
For 2019-20 the school will receive £29,040 in Pupil Premium funding. The parents of pupils who receive Pupil Premium funding are notified of the initiatives we spend the money on to support their child. These include additional adult support with all areas of learning, provision of uniform, free access to after school clubs, visits and workshops. Feedback from parents is welcomed and encouraged.
For a more detailed overview of our policy and procedures for the use of Pupil Premium funding please download our Pupil Premium Strategy which is updated every term.
Government Funding has been targeted at pupils for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding. This is to ensure that our most disadvantaged children are able to access out of school activities to broaden and deepen their overall development. This follows feedback we received from both the children for whom we receive Pupil Premium funding and their parents.
Pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding have their attainment monitored every term to ensure they are making sufficient progress and that the interventions delivered by the teachers and teaching assistants are resulting in accelerated progress. Specific targets are set for each individual pupil every term for the impact of the interventions to be measured against and these are reviewed and updated every term.
The gap between our pupils who receive pupil premium funding and other children nationally is closing in reading, writing and maths. In 2018 we increased the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in reading from 69% to 80%; in writing from 62% to 80% and in maths from 69% to 93%. In maths there was no gap between those children who receive pupil premium funding and those who do not. In 2019 pupils who received pupil premium funding made more progress in reading and maths than other pupils and their progress was the same in writing.
All infant children now receive Universal Infant Free School Meals but if think your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium Funding because of your family’s income level please register following the instructions below. The Pupil Premium Funding will be used to support them achieving their full potential.
Eligibility and Registering for Pupil Premium Funding
Your child is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding (originally known as Free School Meals) if you receive any of the following benefits:-
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after the person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
You can register for Pupil Premium Funding by following the instructions:-
- Log onto the Nottinghamshire County Council website http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk.
- In the search box type ‘Free School Meals’.
- Click on ‘Free School Meals and Milk’.
- Scroll down the page and click on ‘register and apply online’. This will take you to the citizens portal.
- Register and follow the instructions to apply for free school meals and milk.
If you do not have access to the internet or have any problems please call into the office and speak to Mrs Kaye or Mrs Pautrat.
Pupil Premium Plus for Adopted children and Looked After Children
If your child was looked after by a Local Authority before being adopted by you they are entitled to Pupil Premium Plus funding. Please inform Mrs Moss if this applies to you so we can ensure we access this vital additional funding to support your child.
School applies for Pupil Premium Plus Funding for all children who are currently Looked After by a Local Authority.