“Everyone deserves an excellent education, regardless of background or barrier to learning.”
What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), Looked after Children, children adopted from care and Service Forces children. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
More information can be found here:
In 2017-18 Pupil Premium funding was £1320 per pupil. Schools also receive funding of up to £1900 for Looked after Children and those adopted from care and £300 for Service Forces children.
As you can see this is a significant amount of money that has a massive impact on the support your child can receive.
Do I Qualify for Pupil Premium?
You can register your child for free school meals if you get any of these benefits
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
For more information see the link below:
How Do I Apply?
If you think your child may eligible to receive this additional funding and support but are not sure whether the school are aware of this, please speak in confidence to Mrs A Fielden, Mrs Conroy or Mrs Holowaty . Alternatively, please follow the link below and complete the form.
How Do We Intend to Spend the Funding?
If your child is eligible to receive free school meals we can help to pay for your child’s trips, daily snacks, additional teaching from qualified staff and purchase additional resources, if required.
At St Thomas CE Primary School we review our strategy on an annual basis to ensure we meet the needs of the children.
Please see below how we have spent the additional years funding and how we are spending the funding for 2017-18
Overview of Pupil Premium Spending
Communication and Language development is a key priority in our Early Years Foundation Stage. Mrs Stephens & Mrs Morris deliver the WELLCOMM programme to our EYFS pupils.
EAL Family Support and Creative Opportunities
Mrs Lane is our bilingual teacher who supports our Hungarian speaking families. She also provides a range of creative and musical opportunities.
RWInc 1:1 Tuition
Mrs Molyneux works with our KS1 pupils providing 1:1 tuition to help develop their phonic skills using our Read, Write Inc scheme.
Pastoral Care Officers
Pastoral Care Officers – Mr Burke and Mrs Taylor support children with their social, emotional and behavioural needs.
Bilingual and EAL Support and Resources
Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Hemmings work with our international new arrivals. Using our bilingual and EAL resources, they provide interventions which focus on speaking, understanding and listening.
Breakfast club is open to pupils: A provision for children to enjoy a healthy breakfast before school and to have fun and socialise with their peers.
A HLTA provides interventions in Numeracy, Reading and writing in Upper Key Stage 2
Bug club: An engaging and imaginative independent reading solution for the whole school. To encourage reluctant readers to read at home using the online reading world, and increase reading enjoyment.
Read Write Inc & Language and Literacy resources: provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
Mrs Murphy and Mrs Mitchell run Sunflower Club for pupils; which helps develop qualities such as self-esteem and confidence in a fun and enjoyable way.