From April 2015, nurseries, schools, child-minders and other registered childcare providers will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.
We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could include for example additional training for our staff on early language, investing in partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.
Check if your child can get free school meals and find out how to apply on your local authority’s website. https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
Alternatively, if you fill out the below letter and form and hand in to the School Office they can check your eligibility and apply for you.
Background to Pupil Premium Funding
The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. At Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to ‘close the gap’ regarding attainment.
As a school we are able to spend the Pupil Premium as we see fit. However, we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding for these pupils. From September 2012 we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This helps ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium and extra support that they receive.
Money has been used to benefit pupil premium pupils of all abilities. We have established clear lines of responsibility with a member of the senior leadership team and a link governor taking responsibility for Pupil Premium.
At Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School we have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it has been spent to maximum effect. This has meant making informed decisions about our spending such as:
- Ensuring that spending is directly linked to gaps in attainment
- Making use of our own data to expand existing interventions
- Making use of research when evaluating interventions and considering the implementation of new interventions
All staff are aware of areas for development in the school in terms of subjects, year groups and they know which children are focus children.
Pupil Premium Spending and Impact
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding for these pupils. From September 2012 we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This helps ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium and extra support that they receive.