The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium Grant.'
For every child registered, Buckland St Mary Primary gets an extra £1320 this year. Being such a small school, it really would make a huge amount of difference to those children.
Please register before the end of the Autumn Term to make sure your child and others in the school do not miss out from potential valuable intervention or helpful resources. Please go to www.somerset.gov.uk and complete the online application form to see if you are entitled to PPG. You do not have to accept Free School Meals but the school will still gain the funding to help your child develop academically and socially.
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. The aim of the funding is to ensure that all children, regardless of their economic background, have the same opportunities and academic outcomes. From September 2015, the premium will be worth £1,320 per pupil in receipt of Free School Meals at any point in the last six years. Students in care, who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months also continue to qualify for the Pupil Premium. Students whose parents are in the armed services are entitled to a Service Premium of £300.
How many pupils at Buckland St Mary C of E Primary School are eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Currently 10% of students at Buckland St Mary C of E Primary School are eligible for the Pupil Premium compared to 25.7% nationally. Of this number 8.75% have been entitled to Free School Meals in the past six years, 1.25% are Services Families.
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
In Somerset, when a Housing/Council Tax Benefit form is completed, this automatically entitles child(ren) in the family to receive free school meals. The Council inform the Student Services Team and the school of the child’s entitlement to free school meals.
Parents in receipt of Child Tax Credit are required to complete a free school meal application form. If you believe that you qualify for these tax benefits, please complete a form as it may mean additional funding is available for your child at school.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of students covered by the Pupil Premium. At Buckland St Mary C of E School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
What are our plans for 2017-2018?
For the current academic year the funding for Pupil Premium at our school totals £9540. Details of how we intend to spend the funding can be found in the Pupil Premium Strategy document below.
How has this impacted us? (Please see below for a detailed breakdown of our Pupil Premium spending).