Pupil Premium is extra funding schools receive designed to narrow the gap between pupils considered to be disadvantaged through low-income, and all other pupils, by addressing inequalities and targeting support at these pupils. Any pupil eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time in the preceding years of Primary also attracts Pupil Premium, as deprivation at earlier stages of education is perceived to impact upon learning and prior attainment, regardless of the current parental income situation.
Families who receive the following are eligible for benefits related to Free School Meals:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
income-related employment and support allowance (ESA)
guarantee element of state pension credit
Universal credit (with an annual income of less that £7,400)
Both income-based and contribution-based JSA/ESA if you receive the same amount for both.
Families who are awarded Child Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HMRC, not in excess of £16,190 are also eligible to claim free school meals provided there is no entitlement to Working Tax Credit (unless in respect of a 4-week 'run-on')
Even if your child is in Reception or Years 1 and 2, and are currently receiving Universal school meals, if you think you are eligible, it is worth applying for the Pupil Premium Grant in the link below. The grant enables schools to provide a variety of additional support which may be used to help your child.
All areas identified for action and strategy using the Pupil Premium funding are included as priorities in the School Development Plan. Priorities are informed by rigorous school self-evaluation. Future planning for Pupil Premium spending will be part of the annual evaluation process.
At Hormead First School, the number of pupils in receipt is small, however, we are committed to ensuring it is spent to maximum effect. Careful analysis of internal and external data, historical data and progress rates, and qualitive data is used to ensure these funds are used to help narrow the gap.
Schools have a responsibility to share with parents and the general public how they spend their Pupil Premium Grant each academic year. Please see below of how we intend to do this.