Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools according to the number of students in the school who are known to be currently eligible for free school meals, have been eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years, in Local Authority care, are adopted or under guardianship, or who are children who have parents in the armed services. Students in these groups are collectively referred to as Socially Disadvantaged.
The Pupil Premium Grant funding is made available so that the school can ensure that all students have equal opportunities and can make the progress they should make regardless of any economic hardship they may be experiencing, either temporarily or over a longer period of time.
“Schools, headteachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils” (DfE)
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all students.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for students who belong to vulnerable groups and that the needs of socially disadvantaged students are adequately assessed & addressed.
- In making provision for socially disadvantaged students, we recognise that not all students who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding will be socially disadvantaged and not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for Pupil Premium funding.
- We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any student or group of students that the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.
- Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify and prioritise classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at any one time.
- The cost of delivering the range of provision listed below may exceed the amount of PPG received substantially, but students other than the socially disadvantage benefitted too, so the additional cost will be met from elsewhere in the school’s total budget.
Free School Meals
If your child is eligible for free school meals or has been in the last 6 years this will generate pupil premium funding for the school. To be eligible for free school meals you must be in receipt of the appropriate benefits and apply through the North Northamptonshire County Council website here.
Pupil premium funding from the government is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation. It is provided for pupils who:
- Are registered for free school meals
- Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
- Are, or have been, in care
- Have parents in the armed forces
If you qualify for the appropriate benefits but have chosen not to apply for free school meals, please consider applying. You do not have to take up the free school meal to attract the funding for the school. Additionally, if you have previously applied but believe your 6-year term is about to or has expired you may reapply.
Is my child eligible for free school meals?
Your child might be eligible is you access:
- 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 are 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 - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
If you have any further questions or would like more information about the school’s Pupil Premium strategy, please email Joanne.Bennett@pws.emat.uk.