What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative introduced in 2011 that targets extra money for pupils who are in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or have received FSM at some time, known as Ever6, in addition to the number of looked after children (including adopted), who attend the school. The pupil premium funding amount is £1,345 per pupil.
The service premium, for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces, or have recently left the forces – Ever5, is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils. The service premium is £310 per pupil.
The Pupil Premium is intended to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their less disadvantaged peers by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. The DfE have stated that schools have the right to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.
‘Schools, headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils’. Department for Education.
Pupil Premium at Southbourne Junior School
At Southbourne Juniors we believe in nurturing ALL our pupils in their journey to achieve their full and unique potential. Our Pupil Premium strategy sits at the heart of our whole school ethos and is aligned to the School Development Plan and Catch Up Strategy to ensure a strategic approach.
In 2019, in light of guidance from The Education Endowment Foundation we took a longer term view to our Pupil Premium Strategy. Our 2020/21 strategy (see attachment below), sets out how the actions introduced in 2019/20 will be developed in the current academic year. This is a working document and will be revised and amended as necessary, impact is reported through termly milestones.
Guiding principles for how the money is spent:
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to all vulnerable groups, this includes the needs of socially disadvantaged children.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
Pupil Premium funding will be allocated based on need. Not all children receiving FSM will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time.
How can parents and carers contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium scheme?
Parent support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. If you would like help or advice in supporting your child as always your first point of contact should be your child’s class teacher. Miss Lowrey is the Disadvantaged Lead and can be contacted through the school office should you require further information related to Pupil Premium.
As a parent or carer of a child who is entitled to Pupil Premium, our parent-teacher consultations provide a good opportunity to review children’s progress and the intervention strategies that have been used.
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, it is worth registering them, even if they are not going to have a school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding the school receives and will enable us to maximise the support we can provide.
Parents can register their child for Free School Meals if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC