Pupil Premium Key Information 2016-17
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative designed to support the achievement of students who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been at any point over the past 6 years (Ever6). It is also provided for children who have been looked after continuously for at least 6 months (CLA). CLA students are defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority.
From July 2014, schools in England can also receive the Pupil Premium for children adopted from care and there is now no cut off for age of the adopted young person as there was under previous government directives. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.
For the year 2015/2016, the Pupil Premium has a value of £935 per eligible student for those who are currently in receipt of FSM or have been at any point over the last 6 years. There is also a smaller provision of £300 made for those pupils who have a parent in the armed services (recorded as ‘Ever 5 Service Child’ or who are in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence). Students who are adopted or in the care of the Local Authority attract a funding at a higher rate of £1900.
Neither the government nor any government agencies have dictated how the Pupil Premium money should be spent, but what is clear is that the money should be used to promote strategies that strive to narrow the achievement gap between the highest and lowest achieving students. Final decisions as to how to allocate the funding rests with the school which is accountable for the progress of this group of students.
To enable your child’s school to claim the Pupil Premium for an adopted young person, you will need to inform the school about your child and provide supporting evidence, for example, show the school the original Adoption (Court) Order. You will need to self-declare before 2nd October 2015 which is the date of the school’s October Census. This will then trigger the payment of the Pupil Premium to the school from April 2015. Below is a link to a document from the government website which answers most Frequently Asked Questions.
If you think your child may be eligible to receive Free School Meals or ‘Ever 5 Service Child’ Premium please make an application via the Bradford website.
As a school we appreciate sharing such information with us is sensitive, but should you wish to explore Pupil Premium further please contact me and I will be able to answer any questions you have. Please note that if your child is eligible for funding but you do not require any support it is still worth applying for the funding as it can be used by the school to support intervention.
Any information shared will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Below is a general link providing information about eligibility and other aspects of the Pupil Premium funding.
Adopted children are also allocated an additional annual ‘Enrichment Allocation’ to support the development of hobbies and interests.
The Assistant Headteacher responsible for the Pupil Premium is Mr J. Gutch. He can be contacted by email Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school number, ext. 212
Tracking of Pupil Premium students
The eligible students are clearly identified on the school’s tracking system and (as for all students) there is regular, systematic, whole school tracking of their progress which focuses on attainment (compared with target grades), attitude to learning, attendance and behaviour.
We also track the range of interventions and support accessed by Pupil Premium students and monitor the impact of these in relation to improvements in progress, attendance, attitude to learning and behaviour.
Priorities for use of this funding:
- To raise the attainment and accelerate the progress of students entitled to the Pupil Premium
- To ensure that any differences between the progress of Pupil premium students and that made nationally by other pupils with similar starting points are diminishing
- To promote excellent attendance, minimise absence and avoid exclusion
- To raise self-esteem and aspirations of students entitled to pupil premium through enhanced pastoral support and extra-curricular activities.
- To identify concerns early and target intervention and support effectively to accelerate progress.
- To reassess provision if any chosen strategy or intervention fails to show impact.
- To ensure that parents are informed of intervention and involved where appropriate.
- To ensure that Primary to Secondary transition is as seamless as possible