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 2022-2023 is £79,125 and for 2021-2022 it was £89,750. This is inclusive of forces, looked after and previously looked after children.
In the 2022-2023 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 £1385. We will receive £2,410 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 £320 and this remains eligible for up to 5 years post service.
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.