In 2011-12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially. In 2012 it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last six years. In addition children whose parents work in the forces, are looked after children, or have previously been in local authority care are also entitled to the grant. Sandgate’s Pupil Premium funding for 2020-2021 is £88,750 and for 2019-2020 it was £90,720. This is inclusive of forces, looked after and previously looked after children.
In the 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years £1320. We will receive £2,300 for any pupil:
- identified in the January 2018 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
- who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
- recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care).
As well as this, children who have been Service/Forces children will receive funding of £300 and this remains eligible for up to 5 years post service.
In previous years, effective allocation of the expenditure resulted in the school being awarded the Local Pupil Premium Award. This was the second year in succession that the school have won this award. David Laws, MP, wrote:
“It gives me great pleasure to write to you and congratulate your school on the improvement in the Key Stage 2 results of your disadvantaged pupils since 2011. Your results show that you have improved in terms of the progress and attainment achieved by your disadvantaged pupils since 2011, and that you are highly effective in educating your disadvantaged pupils. It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for secondary school.
I would like to congratulate your staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success, and thank you for your leadership in making such a difference to the future success of your pupils. Finally, I would also encourage you to share your achievements with other schools so that they can learn from your strengths and experience.”
Working closely with parents ensures that allocation of the grant is centered solely around the individual child. When conferencing with our parents on the impact of the expenditure one commented, ‘My child has made fantastic progress this year and has enjoyed all of the clubs she has been able to attend. She has grown in confidence but the most obvious progress is in her reading and writing. Daily reading has had a huge impact on her fluency and comprehension skills. She has also had tutoring after school with a teacher and this has impacted on her writing.’
If you would like to apply for the funding please complete the online application here . If you would like to discuss this any further, please contact Mrs Jones on 01303 257280.
Principles of the Pupil Premium Funding:
- We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all of the pupils.
- We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of children who receive the pupil premium funding are adequately assessed and addressed.
- In making provision for pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged.
- We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged. Each intervention will be inclusive of children receiving the pupil premium grant.
- Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time. However, we will endeavour that over the course of an academic year intervention will take place for all of the children receiving free school meals.
Our Pupil Premium Statement for 2020-2023
The following priorities have been identified within our statement:
Priority 1 – Ensure Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils causing concern are given opportunities to ‘catch up’ through quality first teaching, targeted interventions and precision teaching. Language skills will be in line with all other peers.
Priority 2 – Whilst all children will experience a full curriculum, eligible children will have wider opportunities to clubs and experiences.
Priority 3 – Support the Physical and Mental Health and Wellbeing of disadvantaged pupils, enabling them to become increasingly more resilient, independent and confident. High attendance will ensure that children are in school as much as possible to benefit from a wide range of support.
Click here to read our 3 year Pupil Premium Statement 2020-2023