WHAT IS THE PUPIL PREMIUM?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
This is based on government research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
It was introduced in 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’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after by the local authority continuously for more than six months, children who have been adopted from care or who are placed under a Special Guardianship Order and children of service personnel.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR CHILD’S PUPIL PREMIUM
Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
Your child’s school will be able to tell you what you need to do to register your child as eligible.
From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for infant free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium. If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium to spend on enhancing your child’s education.
HOW IS IT SPENT?
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for these pupils.
On its own, funding for each child is not as effective as combining funds to provide a better quality and range of support, and opportunity for the children. We have used pupil premium funding in the following ways;
- A qualified ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant) to support vulnerable learners with their emotions and well-being
- Small group or individual support for any children who are vulnerable or at risk
- Catch up reading schemes
- Phonic booster sessions
- Additional or longer access to class teachers and the SENDCo for meetings and support including how to support at home
- Pre-teaching sessions
- Pastoral support
- Precision teaching
- Extra transition package to junior schools and end of key stage support
- Literacy Volunteers for extra reading
- Financial support towards the cost of trips or learning enhancements
Impact of The Pupil Premium at Christ Church
Due to low numbers of children in the school, detailed reports are no longer placed onto the website as this would enable identification of individual children. However, the Head of School provides detailed tracking of these children’s progress through reports to our governors and Executive Head Teacher.
Pupil Premium Income at Christ Church:
Academic Year 2020-2021 £14, 520 estimated
Academic Year 2019-2020: £13, 200 estimated
Academic Year 2018-2019: £6,600
Academic Year 2017-2018: £6,600