What is Pupil Premium?
At Great Chart Primary School our vision is for those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium (PP) funding to achieve better than the average for “all” pupils nationally by the time they leave at the end of Y6.
Pupil Premium funding at Great Chart Primary School will be used to:
- Support the relentless drive throughout the school to raise attainment of PP- eligible pupils so that we diminish the difference between the school’s PP pupils and all pupils both within school and nationally
- Accelerate progress for PP pupils
- Increase parental engagement with their child’s education and with the school
- Improve attendance
- Increase opportunities for PP pupils and broaden their experiences
‘The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.’ (DfE website)
Who is eligible?
Pupils eligible for free school meals
Children in care who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months
A service premium is also available for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces.
Is my child eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?
In September 2014, the Government introduced ‘Universal Free School Meals’ for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However, it is important that parents/carers of children in these year groups still apply (through completing a very short form!) for free school meals if they think that they may be eligible, so that the school receives pupil premium funding for them.
If you would like to find out more about whether your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium funding, please speak enquire via the school office.