The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and diminish the difference (close the gap) between them and their peers.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” Source - DfE website.
A Parents Guide
Pupil Premium - A Guide for Parents
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At Warden Hill Junior, we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure.
We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil Premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget will help ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.
Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching have started to have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief.
Through targeted interventions we are working hard to eliminate barriers to learning and progress. One of the schools aims is to ensure that ALL groups of pupils make good progress in order to reach age related expectations as they move through the school.
Targeted support is being provided through a range of activities across the school.
Increasing Parental Engagement has also been a focus at the school. A range of learning opportunities have been provided to help parents develop their own skills in English and maths - to make them better equipped at supporting their children at home.
In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their 'PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY.' This should include:
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures have been included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of PP pupils. At Warden Hill Junior School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform pupil progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Review meetings will take place at each milestone (approximately every 9 weeks) and will include a member of Senior Management Team (SLT).
At each PP Strategy Meeting the school will review the impact of actions taken and will plan accordingly. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium target groups, the school will look at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.
Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is a regular agenda item for the School’s Governing Body.
Designated staff member in charge: Mr T. Hayden
Pupil Premium Teachers: Mr C. Nelis, Mrs J O'Donoghue
Nominated Governor: Mrs Z. Malik
In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years:
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has:
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for Free School Meals and has also left Local Authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Children who have been in Local Authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of Pupil Premium funding. 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.
A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for FSM or continued Free School Meals (from Key Stage 2) and Luton Borough Council (LBC )has an online system for this.
You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number. In addition, you will need to provide your child's name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending.
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
Please note: only the benefits listed above qualify for Free School Meals.
If you have recently become unemployed but are still receiving Working Tax Credits, you may be entitled to free school meals. Please call 01582 510346 for advice on the working Tax Credit run-on.
Children must be in education before and after lunch to qualify for Free School Meals.
From 1st April 2018 the eligibility criteria has changed for customers who receive Universal Credit (a net annual earned income threshold of £7,400 will apply). Transitional Protection has been agreed to protect pupils that would have lost their Free School Meals entitlement as a result of the change in the qualifying criteria.
*Children must be in education before and after lunch to qualify for free school meals*
If your child is in education and you meet the qualifying criteria as detailed above but are not already receiving Free School Meals you can complete an online form. We use an online eligibility checking system. We try to assess your claim within 5-10 working days. On your claim form please provide all current contact numbers as we may need to contact your for further information regarding your claim.
Please make sure you have the following details before making a claim:
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.
For more information about Free School Meals in Luton, please contact LBC on 01582 510346.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please speak to the Headteacher.
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call 01582 510346 for more information.
Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.