What is the Pupil Premium Grant?
The pupil premium grant is additional funding allocated to publicly funded schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and support pupils with parents in the armed forces.
The school will use the grant to support these groups, which comprise pupils with a range of different abilities, to narrow any achievement gaps between them and their peers.
We also recognise that not all pupils eligible for pupil premium funding will have lower attainment than their peers. In such cases, the grant will be used to help improve pupils’ progress and attainment so that they can reach their full potential.
Who is eligible to receive the Pupil Premium Grant?
Children are eligible to receive free school meals if their parents are in receipt of one of the following:
- Income support (IS)
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA(IR)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
- Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
- Universal Credit
If your child does not currently have Free School Meals, but you feel they may be eligible, please contact the school office (in confidence) who can help. Alternatively, visit Cheshire West and Chester website.
or call the Free School Meals Helpline on 0300 123 5012.
Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, the school can still claim Pupil Premium Funding which could be used to help your child.
Barriers our children have
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of resilience
- Difficulties working with others
- Low levels of communication
- Lack of aspirations
Focus/Aims for our pupil premium cohort has been:
- To improve self esteem
- To improve ability to work with others
- To develop communication skills – expressing feelings, opinions
- To become a leader amongst other children
- To impact on approach to school work
- To achieve in line with peers – SEND children
Rationale for the above aims – in order for children to be able to take risks within their learning and meet learning challenges head on we need to develop self-esteem, confidence and communication skills. Therefore the focus has been on the ‘soft’ side of pupil development as well as providing those children who need additional learning support the opportunities to achieve at least in line with their peers.
- Full engagement in class
- Good relationship with peers – ability to develop and sustain friendships
- Ability to take the lead
- Aspiration to succeed
- Progress in line or exceeding peers for non-SEND children. Good progress on an individual level for SEND children.
The headteacher is responsible for Pupil Premium within school, this includes overseeing all actions. The finance committee also monitor financial implications and the achievement and standards committee monitor input and impact through committees and full governor headteacher reports. The SENCO is also responsible for monitoring and planning for some of these children as there is an overlap in provision. The link governor, Gill Foster, also comes into school to monitor and shadow our pupil premium children around school.
In most cases in school there are no gaps between the progress children who are in receipt of pupil premium and their comparison peer group e.g. if they have special educational needs this is the group we compare them to.
For further information please refer to the following documents: