PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING
WHAT IS PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING?
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. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:
- registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- been in care for 6 months or longer
- pupils recored as an Ever 4 service child
All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment. Whiteheath Junior School is committed to ‘Narrowing the Gap’ between vulnerable pupils and the pupil premium forms a vital part of that process. The governors reserve the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any pupils or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
Provision will be made through:
• Facilitating pupils’ access to education
• Facilitating pupils’ access to the curriculum
• Alternative support and intervention within the school
Reporting Pupil Premium
It is the responsibility of the governors to explain pupil premium expenditure to parents in the form of an annual statement. There is no set format for the report of pupil premium. Whiteheath Junior School will publish details of a report online annually. This report aims to detail information on how Pupil Premium has been used within school. This report will detail the progress of pupils who are covered by the premium and the intervention that has been supported by the additional funding. Reports will also detail the progress made towards narrowing the gap and this will be supported by reported data and academic progress.
How do parents register their child’s entitlement for Pupil Premium?
Parents can apply for Free School Meals online at https://myfreeschoolmeals.com and get an immediate answer. Please notify the school (email@example.com) that you have applied and bring the necessary documentation into the school office to support your application.
Further information can be found at http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/6510/Free-school-meals
Pupils do not have to take up their entitlement to a free meal but Local Authorities and schools recommend that they do.
What is the Service Premium?
The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces.
Who receives the Service Premium?
Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
- one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
- they have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011
- one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) or the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
How are parents informed about the use of the Pupil Premium funding?
Information will be published on the school website every year. For those parents that are not able to access the internet, a paper copy of this information will be available.
School leaders with responsibility for Pupil Premium have drawn on the publications below from the Children's commissioner and the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation)
Reporting to Parents
Parents will be able to obtain information on the pupil premium via the schools website. This will be updated annually.
Responsibility for reporting
At Whiteheath Junior School we have a senior leader who leads and compiles the reports on Pupil Premium spending. This report will be supported by key providers of the support for pupil premium children including class teachers, Year Group Leaders, subject leaders, and the SENCo. All of whom will be asked to report on the intervention in place for key pupils and the impact that intervention has had.
Please read the information below to find out how we have spent the funding in the past, the impact it has had and how we plan to spend this year's funding.