The Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to the main school funding, is allocated to schools to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those children who are not.
Who is entitled to Pupil Premium Funding?
Schools are currently given Pupil Premium funding of £1,320 per pupil for those whose families who have registered for FSM or who have been registered for FSM at any point during the past 6 years. The children of members of the armed forces are also entitled to this funding. In addition, schools receive £1,900 for each pupil who are looked after or have been adopted from care.
How is the funding used?
The key purpose of the Pupil Premium funding is to enable all pupils to reach their full potential. Each school may decide how best to use the funding to enable all its pupils to reach age related expectations and are held accountable for how it has been used to support pupils from low income families.
We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and will do whatever it takes to support a child, both in and out of the classroom. We use all our resources to ensure that every child has an equal opportunity to become an empowered learner. In order to achieve this we offer our children a wide range of opportunities, we always make sure these are accessible for everyone. We work with our families and colleagues to make sure everyone has high aspirations for all pupils. We ensure pupil premium children are well represented and have a voice on our school council.
How can I find out if my child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding?
The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. You can speak to a member of the office staff, who will be able to assist you through this process. All enquires will be treated in confidence.
KS1 and Free School Meals
Since September 2014 all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have automatically been entitled to a free school lunch. However, registering for free meals could raise an extra £1,320 for the school. These funds enable our school to take on additional staff and invest in additional equipment, resources and activities to the benefit all children.
Pear Tree Mead – Pupils That Matter.
The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our vision.
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
- 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. At least 70% of any group will be made up of free school meal children.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time
- The range of provision the Governors may consider making for this group could include:
*Reducing class sizes thus improving opportunities for effective Afl and accelerating progress
*Providing small group work with an experienced teacher focussed on overcoming gaps in learning
*1 – 1 support
*Additional teaching and learing opportunities provided through learning mentors, trained TAs or external agencies
- All our work through the pupil premium will be aimed at accelerating progress moving children to at least age related expectations. Initially this will be in communication, English and maths
- Pupil premium resources may also be used to target able children on free school meals to achieve L3 or 5
- Provision will not be aimed at statemented children or those at SA+
- It will be the responsibility of the Headteacher, or a delegated member of staff, to produce regular reports for the Governors’ curriculum, standards and welfare sub committee on:
*The progress made towards narrowing the gap, by year group, for socially disadvantaged pupils
*An outline of the provision that was made since the last meeting
*An evaluation of the cost effectiveness, in terms of the progress made by the pupils receiving a particular provision, when compared with other forms of support
- It will be the responsibility of the Chairperson of the curriculum, standards and welfare sub committee to ensure this information is made known to the full governing body
- The Governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’ for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department for Education
Any appeals against this policy will be through the governor’s complaints procedure
You will be able to view previous pupil premium overviews and its impact by clicking on the side links that can be seen in the section on your right or below depending on how you are viewing this.