What is Pupil Premium?
Once a year, every school and academy provides the department for education with information that we hold about our pupils. This includes any children whose are in the care of the local authority; children whose parents are in the armed forces and children whose parents are in receipt of certain eligible benefits. These children are then eligible for the ‘pupil premium’. This information is used to determine the amount of additional funding ‘pupil premium funding’ the school receives. The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that we can support these pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
The Department for Education suggests using the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) guidance for pupil premium spending allocations. If you would like to know more this can be viewed here.
The report recommends school take a tiered approach to Pupil Premium spending. Teaching should be the top priority, including professional development, training and support for early career teachers and recruitment and retention.
Targeted support for struggling pupils should also be a key component of an effective Pupil Premium strategy; as well as strategies that relate to non-academic factors, including improving attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support
How Do I Know If My Child Can Receive Pupil Premium Funding?
1/. Free School Meals:
The most common reason a pupil receives Pupil Premium funding at our academy is because a parent is registered as receiving a benefit that entitles them to free school meals. This is not the same as receiving a Universal free school meal because your child is in Reception or KS1.
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 jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
- Universal credit
Universal Free school Meals: All pupils in KS1 will receive a free school meal under the UIFSM (Universal Infant Free School Meals) Scheme. However, if you receive certain benefits your child can still receive pupil premium funding, but you MUST fill in all the details on the free school meal form available upon request from the office. For KS2 (Yr3, Yr4, Yr5 & Yr6) pupils, parents will need to apply for free school meals and then the school will receive the pupil premium funding.
IF YOU NEED ANY HELP WITH APPLYING FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS OR WANT TO KNOW IF YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE, PLEASE SEE THE SCHOOL OFFICE WHO WILL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU.
2/. Service Children
Children of armed service personnel are also eligible. Service children are children and young people from families where one or more parents is currently in the British armed forces of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
- one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
- one of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years
- one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
3/. Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1900 rate.
Children who have been in local authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked after children
Pupil Premium Funding at SPA
Mrs Sills is our Pupil Premium Lead
Currently there are 128 children eligible for Pupil Premium Funding (31% of children on role) and this year (2020/21) we receive £148,600 in funding.
Please click the link below to see our Pupil Premium action plan for a full breakdown on how we spend this money.
Click here for the 2020/21 Pupil Premium Plan.
Click here for the 2019/20 Pupil Premium Plan review.
Click here for the 2018/19 Pupil Premium Plan.
Click here for the 2017/18 Pupil Premium Plan review.
See the GLA Pupil Premium Policy here