Did you know … just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money? For each child who is registered for free school meals, the school gets extra funding of ££1,345. Even if you don’t want your child to have the school meals, as long as you qualify and are registered the school will still receive the extra funding, and will continue to do so even if your child is no longer eligible. This could be worth more than £9,000 to the school over a seven year period. If you would like to apply for pupil premium, please ask for an application form from the office.
What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is an amount of money allocated to disadvantaged children in order to close the achievement gap.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils. Three categories of pupils are eligible:
- Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are or have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of Primary school education)
- Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care
- Children of Service personnel
Pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium need to be aged 4 and over, in year groups to year 11 in a maintained school. The proportion of children eligible at St Andrew’s is currently 21%.
Pupil Premium is allocated straight to our school and it is clearly identifiable. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they feel is appropriate. The government thinks that schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils within their responsibility. However all schools will be held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and in care. The schools must report and publicise annually how the money has been spent and what impact has been made on the achievements of the pupils.
Pupil Premium Strategy
In summary, our three tiers of pupil premium spend focus on:
- - Improving the quality-first teaching provided to all eligible or non-eligible pupils through training, whole-school improvements and keeping up-to-date with curriculum approaches that work best for disadvantaged pupils
- - Providing evidence-based, focused interventions to those children who need additional support, in particular disadvantaged pupils
- - Wider strategies including improving attendance, communication with parents, readiness to learn and providing for pupils’ emotional health and well-being.
New Strategy 2020-2021
Please click here to view our strategy for the use of Pupil Premium funding for 2020-2021
Please click here to view our strategy for the use of Pupil Premium funding for 2017-2018
Please click here to view our strategy for the use of Pupil Premium funding for 2018-2019
Please click here to view our strategy for the use of Pupil Premium funding for 2019-2020.
Please click here to view our evaluation of the impact of this funding.