What is Pupil Premium?
The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
DfE 22 May 2013
How much Pupil Premium does Lydiard Millicent CE Primary School receive?
The level of the premium in 2017-18 was:
£300 for a services child
£1,320 for FSM children
£1,900 for LAC or children adopted from care.
Our school received £22,580 for 2017/2018. We estimate for 2018/19 we will receive £18,040.
The money is to help children who may, due to circumstances, be underperforming.
Children at Lydiard who are in receipt of Pupil Premium are helped in the following ways (dependent upon their individual needs):
- 1:1 teacher to boost levels
- Teacher/Higher Level Teaching Assistant support in small groups or one to one in reading, spelling or maths
- Counselling (if this is needed to support bereavement or troubled times)
- Play therapy or other initiative to aid learning attitudes and behaviour
- Extra curriculum activities that will help children grow in confidence
- Equipment to support learning needs e.g. dictaphone, i-Pad etc
Do you qualify?
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any e.g these benefits:
- Income support5
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
- Support under Part V1 of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit & have an annual income (assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
If you think that your child is entitled to receive free school meals and they are not registered, please click HERE for more information, phone us on 01793 770 571 or come into the school office for more information.
Mrs Luce is the contact for parents of those children in receipt of Pupil Premium and will be able to give you more information about how they are being supported in school.
Wiltshire Council has set up a new confidential online application form which can be completed in the privacy of your home. This can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals and a downloadable version is also available for those who would prefer to apply by post.
Please click HERE to view a promotional poster with further information.
Wiltshire Council has provided us with some useful leaflets for parents, please see the links below:
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