Introduced in April 2011 by the government, Pupil Premium provides additional funding to schools to target specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement. It supports disadvantaged pupils and closes the attainment gap between them and their peers. These include pupils from low income families who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years, children in care, and children of armed service personnel.
What are the aims of the Pupil Premium?
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to raise the achievement and aspirations of disadvantaged groups of children. The link between free school meal eligibility and underachievement has been recognised. The Pupil Premium seeks to tackle this inequality in educational outcomes. The Premium is intended to help schools to provide targeted support to improve the life chances of children from lower income families and young people who face additional challenges in their lives so that they can reach their full potential.
How Pupil Premium is used at Greenhaugh Primary School
Pupil Premium 2020 - 2021 Grant of £4690
We have implemented a small reading group intervention by increasing a teaching assistant's hours which has benefited the children involved by increasing their reading speed and retrieval skills. We have purchased additional reading books for our whole school reading scheme, including atlases and non-fiction topics, to increase reading standards for all. We have also invested in Maths equipment to help all children visualise and consolidate their learning. A proportion of the funding was also put towards the cost of the School Meals SLA which maintains the provision of healthy meals and encourages the move from packed lunches to hot meals. Pupil premium strategy review - April 2021.
Pupil Premium 2019 - 2020 Grant of £1320
The funding has been used to maintain the Teaching Assistant in a classroom to allow the 1:1 intervention needed for pupils to maintain progress.
Pupil Premium 2018 - 2019 Grant of £3960
A proportion of the funding for 2018-2019 has been used to maintain the Teaching Assistant in a classroom to allow the 1:1 intervention needed for pupils to maintain progress. We have again used an amount of this grant to help us to buy into the School Meals SLA which is so important in maintaining our excellent hot midday meal service.
If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is worth registering them even if they're not going to have the school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding we receive in the form of the Pupil Premium grant, and will maximize the support we can provide.
Parental support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards.
If you would like help or advice with supporting your child, please contact Head Teacher, Mrs Taylor or Chair of Governors, Mrs Jenni Holland.
Your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, if you are entitled to receive any of the following:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)