15th September 2017
Pupil Premium Funding
It was in 2011 that the government started to give Pupil Premium (PP) funding to schools. This funding has a huge impact on the school budget and the school can use it for additional classroom support, one-to-one tuition, Thrive support time, music lessons and subsidising school trips and visits.
As a school it is a vital source of funding (especially in these days of ever tighter budgets!) and can not only directly benefit the individuals that are eligible, but the school as a whole. The school decides how it will spend its PP funding, but for example if there are a group of children in the school that will benefit from small group interventions PP funding can help fund extra Teaching assistant time, which will ultimately benefit the whole class.
Prior to 2011, the government funded ‘free school meals’ in the same way but now if families are eligible it also triggers PP funding, which offers the school an additional £1300 for each pupil. Therefore it is vital that if you think you are meet the criteria for the funding and/ or know someone that could be - please apply! Even if you have an infant child who already has free school meals, you can see what a difference to the budget this funding will make and will both directly benefit your child and the school as a whole.
A family are eligible if they receive the following qualifying benefits:
- Income Support
- Income- Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-Related Employment & Support Allowance (not Contribution Based)
- Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an annual income (as shown on your award letter from the Inland Revenue – TC602) of no more than £16,190.
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Support via Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 (IAA)
Please note if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit, you do not qualify for PP, even if your annual income is below £16,190.
Every families circumstances changes, but even if you meet this criteria for a short amount of time please apply, as it can secure extra PP funding for six years, as if there is any child that has qualified within the last 6 years, the school will receive this additional funding.
Each year the school has to report to the government and Ofsted how they use their allocated PP funding and publish a ‘Pupil Premium Report’. If you would like to read how we spent our funding last year and the difference it made to individual pupils and the whole school, our report is available on our school website in the ‘Quick links for Governors or Ofsted’ section.
If you would like a form or to find any more information, please speak to myself, as the PP co-ordinator or to Dot. We can also give you the application form, (which is short and won’t take long to fill in!!), or you can download it from our website from the ‘School Meals’ section in ‘Parent Zone’.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any further queries about PP funding,
Pupil Premium Co-ordinator