The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to publically funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals or who have claimed in the last 6 years, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months. The school receives £1320 per primary pupil (reception to year 6) currently eligible for FSM, £1900 for looked-after children defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority or £1900 for eligible pupils who have been registered on the school census as having been adopted from care or leaving care under a special guardianship or residence order.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to school is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)
The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to report on the amount of funding and how this is being used.
- We organise teaching and learning at Sacred Heart in order to meet the needs of all children in the best way.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for children who belong to vulnerable groups and that socially disadvantaged children have their needs adequately assessed and met.
- We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children that are disadvantaged have free school meals. We allocate Pupil Premium funding to support any child the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged and should be making better progress.
- We will allocate Pupil Premium funding after a needs analysis to identify priority groups and individuals.
A detailed illustration of Pupil Premium allocation at Sacred Heart can be found through the following link:
Pupil Premium 2017-2018
Do you qualify?
You may qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseekers 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 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
No one will know that you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits.
If you are unsure whether or not you qualify please call into school and we will help you explore the issue.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Current Pupil premium information