‘The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11’ (DfE, Dec 2013).
There are currently three types of Pupil Premium allocation:
In order to receive this additional funding, as a school we are required to provide information to the Department for Education confirming which children meet the government criteria.
If your child is eligible for free school meals or has been in the last six years this will generate pupil premium funding. To be eligible for free school meals you must be in receipt of the appropriate benefits and have submitted an application for free school meals to the Local Authority Benefits Team
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. Free school meals cannot be backdated, so you should only apply if you currently qualify.
This grant is for children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.
This grant is also available for Looked-after children (LAC) (defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority); however, funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.
Pupils in year groups Reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
From September 2012, schools are required to publish online information about how we have used the Pupil Premium. This ensures that all stakeholders are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium and the extra support and benefits that they receive.
The Leadership Team and Governing Body regularly reviews the impact of how we allocate our Pupil Premium funding to make sure it represents both value for money and has played a direct role in helping pupils to reach their full potential, both academically and socially.
Information for Pupil Premium expenditure in New Silksworth Academy will appear here.
To view our Pupil Premium Impact Statements, please click on the links below: