Pupil Premium Grant
The information below outlines how we use the Pupil Premium Money to support the learning of children in our school.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Where does the money come from?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, 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 purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for these groups of children.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
How Do I Know If My Child Can Receive Pupil Premium Funding?
Free School Meals
The most common reason a pupil receives Pupil Premium funding at our school 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 free school meal as your child is in KS1.
Free school meal / pupil premium funding now works as: All pupils in KS1 (Class 1 pupils) 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.
KS2 (Yr3, Yr4, Yr5 & Yr6) All pupils will need to apply for free school meals and pupil premium in the same way as before.
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)
The Department for Education introduced the Service Pupil Premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.
Eligible schools receive the SPPso that they can offer mainly pastoral support during challenging times and to help mitigate the negative impact on service children of family mobility or parental deployment.
In order to support the pastoral needs of service children, schools have flexibility over how they use the SPP, as they are best placed to understand and respond to the specific needs of those pupils for whom the funding has been allocated.
Callington Primary School internally accounts for the spending of the Service Premium Funding as advised by the Department for Education to support children of service families with pastoral care.
Schools will also receive funding 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
Children who have been in local authority care for 1 day or more also attract pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) (https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/improving-the-adoption-system-and-services-for-looked-after-children/supporting-pages/virtual-school-heads-vsh) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked after children (https://www.gov.uk/pupil-premium-virtual-school-heads-responsibilities).
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Pupil Premium Award
We have received a Pupil Premium Award! The award reflects the great outcomes of our pupils leaving year six at the end of July 2014. The criteria for the award stipulate that “schools show significant improvement in the percentage of disadvantaged pupils achieving Level 4 or above in reading, writing and maths, with, sustained and high levels of improvement between 2012 and 2014”
The award shows that we are successfully closing the gaps for our disadvantaged children and providing them with the skills that they need for the future.
The award gives the school a cash prize of £1000!