In 2011-12 the Government launched its new 'Pupil Premium' funding. This money is allocated to schools based on the number of pupils in school that are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and also for looked after children. In 2012-13 it was expanded to include all children in school that have been eligible for FSM at any time within the last 6 years.
The money is used in school to support pupils to ensure they reach their full potential.
In 2014/15 school received £73,000 and in 2015/16 £75,000. The money from pupil premium has mainly been spent on employing and maintaining a high ratio of skilled Teaching assistants. We have 5 classes in school with 7 teaching assistants (4 qualified to HLTA status). The Teaching Assistants deliver appropriate intervention strategies as well as delivering Read Write Inc sessions. The staff have all been trained to deliver Read Write Inc. Data shows that Pupil Premium children are making good progress as they move up the school. Pupil Premium money is also used to subsidise educational trips and residentials that enhance their life experiences.
If you think your child may qualify for FSM, please contact the school office (in confidence) for an application form. Even if you do not wish them to have FSM this would still mean that the school could claim the funding to help your child.