“Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.”
“School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. Pupil premium is not a personal budget for individual pupils and schools are not required to spend all of the allocated grant on eligible pupils.
It is for school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium, within the requirements of the conditions of grant.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when used across 3 areas.
High-quality teaching, such as staff professional development.
Targeted academic support, such as tutoring.
Wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) recommend that schools particularly focus their pupil premium on supporting high-quality teaching.”
“Pupil premium funding is not allocated based on academic ability. Schools and local authorities will receive funding based on all of the children who are eligible.
Evidence shows that academically able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are most at risk of under-performing. These pupils should receive just as much focus as less academically able pupils.”
Schools get £985 for every secondary age student who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years. There are additional funds available for students who are looked after or previously looked after, and for students with a parent who is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
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’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 - 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)
Students may also get FSM if they receive any of these benefits directly, instead of through a parent. Further details are available through https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
If you think your child qualifies for additional funding, please apply through Solihull Council wesbite: https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Schools-and-learning/Free-school-meals or call 0121 704 6611.
Some of the ways we use pupil premium funding include:
Professional Development for teachers to ensure we provide high quality teaching every day in every classroom for every child
Small group English and Maths teaching at KS3 and KS4
Intervention groups for the Core Subjects at KS4
One to one, or small group tutoring using Academic Mentors and Teaching Assistants
Literacy and numeracy intervention e.g. Paired Reading
Financial support towards the cost of learning resources, such as textbooks, revision guides and necessary materials
Financial support towards the cost of curriculum/non-examined assessment (NEA) visits and extra-curriculum trips
Provision of additional careers advice, where there is an identified need
Financial support towards the cost of peripatetic music lessons and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
Free breakfast provided for all pupil premium students
Mental Health first aid training for staff and student mental health ambassadors
Financial support towards the cost of school uniform
Any other valid use of the funding to support the attainment and welfare of young people in our care
All schools are required to demonstrate how they use Pupil Premium funding and the impact it the funding has had. Our online statement can be found below. For further details, please contact Mrs Yarrington, Assistant Headteacher at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have experienced a change in your income or are worried about your finances, we would really encourage you to get in touch with our Pastoral Managers:
KS3 - Mrs Burcher at email@example.com
KS4 - Mrs Lawrence (KS4) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There may be some additional support that you may be entitled to or we may be able to assist with some school costs. As a school, we’re here to help you through the process. Some assistance that might be available to you includes:
free school meals
welfare and debt advice
support for families with no recourse to public funds
grants or in-kind support
If you ever find yourself in a position where you feel like you are struggling with the cost of attending school, please do contact us, and we can work with you to address your concerns.