The Pupil Premium is additonal funding for schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. It is given to help children from low-income families, children who are in-care or who have been adopted, and children with parents in the armed services.
Our aim is to raise the achievement of all our pupils, with a specific focus on raising the attainment of children from low-income and other disadvantaged families.
We have implemented a three-layer approach, using the additional funding to raise achievement on three levels: across the whole school (for every child), for groups of children, and for individuals.
1. Using Pupil Premium to Raise Achievement Across the School
We use some of the funding to improve our School for the benefit of all children. We enrich the curriculum with activities and events to inspire everyone, and provide resources and equipment to ensure nobody is at a disadvantage. We fund staff development to continually improve the quality of teaching and learning.
2. Using Pupil Premium to Raise Achievement for Groups of Children
We carefully monitor the progress of disadvantaged children against school, county and national averages, and try to close any gaps in achievement. We think about the context of our school: Which children receive Pupil Premium? What are their needs? How can we improve their achievement? Each term we identify our main priorities and Pupil Premium money is used to fund any identified actions. For example, we fund additional teachers and teaching assistants to help disadvantaged children and we buy educational resources for their specific use.
3. Using Pupil Premium to Raise the Achievement of Individual Children
In consultation with parents, teachers consider whether there may be any specific factors which may be preventing any child in receipt of Pupil Premium from high achievement. We expect all children to excel, including when they might otherwise be unable to do so because of a lack of opportunities outside of school or a lack of family finances. So we fund termly extended parent consultations to allow parents and teachers time to discuss children's needs in greater detail. We help to fund school trips and individual equipment and support where it is necessary.
The Pupil Premium is paid to primary schools as follows:
If you receive state benefits such as Income Support or income-based JSA or ESA, you can apply for Free School Meals for your child. This automatically entitles your children to receive Pupil Premium funding. So, even if your child is in Reception - Year 2 and they already receive Universal Free School Meals, it is important to apply for Free School Meals. Otherwise, your child will not receive Pupil Premium funding.
You can make an application for Free School Meals by visiting www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals, phoning the Free School Meal Applications Department on 01223 703200, or by calling in at our School Office. You will need to have your National Insurance number, or National Asylum Seeker number. You can download a copy of the application form below.
For all other Pupil Premium applications, please enquire at the School Office.