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Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium

What is it?

‘Pupil Premium’ (PP) is a grant which is allocated to schools. The pupil premium for 2016/2017 is allocated to local authorities and schools with pupils on roll in January 2016 that are known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any time in the last six years. Each of these pupils attracts a specific amount of funding each year (£1320), to be spent on enhancing and enriching their education. Schools have the freedom to spend the premium, which is additional to the school’s budget in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for pupils who are eligible to receive funding.

This academic year (2016/2017) the Pupil Premium grant is funding:

  • Cover staff to release class teachers in order for them to regularly provide individual/small group support and feedback in maths and English
  • ‘Reading Recovery’ for pupils in Years 1 and 2
  • Small group support in core subjects
  • Speech and language support
  • Play therapy for identified pupils
  • ‘Think Wise’ Programme to promote positive thinking in children approaching transition to secondary education
  • ‘Relax Kids’ Yoga sessions
  • Social communication groups
  • Additional phonics support
  • Dyslexia assessment and support
  • Training opportunities for teaching and support staff
  • Funding to ensure children eligible for pupil premium receive a fully enriched curriculum including contributions towards school uniform, day visits, residential trips and other activities
  • Additional pastoral care for identified pupils
  • ‘Fun and Families’ programme
  • ‘Chill skills’ sessions to promote concentration and listening for identified pupils
  • Pyramid Club
  • Breakfast provision
  • Commissioned educational psychology time for vulnerable learners
  • Chatterbox Club

These strategic actions are planned to address the most significant barriers to children learning.   Our priorities have been to ensure that children are equipped with the skills to learn, that their self-esteem is high, and that they can develop their communication, maths and English skills.

Pupil Premium is not ring-fenced and schools are free to spend it as they wish. However, it is vital that the impact of the funding should be measured and should demonstrate that the performance of the pupils for whom the grant was allocated is improving.

We will review the impact of the measures to ensure they have played a direct role in improving the achievement and raising the self-esteem of pupils of all abilities.

Who is eligible to receive Free School Meals?

It is important for parents to register their child as eligible for FSM so that Brownlow Primary School receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement. Please enquire at the school office if you need assistance in registering for Free School Meals.

Can you tick any of the following boxes?

  • You receive Child Tax Credits (but not Working Tax Credit) and your gross annual family income is less than £16,190
  • You receive Income support
  • You receive Income Based Jobseekers Allowance. Contributions Based Jobseekers allowance is not a qualifying benefit
  • You receive Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • You receive a Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • You are an Asylum Seeker and receive support from the National Asylum Support Service (NASS)

We are aware that there a number of parents that do not take up the opportunity for their children to receive free school meals. This could be for a number of reasons which may include that their children prefer packed lunch, that a family has enough income to pay for dinners and feels asking for help is unnecessary or that they feel their child may somehow be stigmatised by receiving free school meals.

We would firstly like to reassure parents that receiving free school meals is a completely confidential matter and children who receive free school meals receive exactly the same dinner as a child who does pay for school meals. Secondly, if you are eligible to receive free school meals but do not wish to take them, for the short time it takes to fill in a very short form, the financial benefits to the school and pupils are considerable.

If you think you are eligible to receive free school meals, you can apply using one of the following methods:

  • E-mail freeschoolmeals@leics.gov.uk
  • Download the Free School Meals Application Form (see the link on the school website in the ‘Parents/ School meals’ tab)
  • Request an application form or apply via telephone on 0116 3056588 or 0116 3057093

Below is the breakdown report on how the Pupil Premium was spent in 2015-16