The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
Funding for financial year 2017 to 2018
In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, Heltwate will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
· £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
· £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
School 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 one of the following:
· 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)
Who is eligible?
· Disadvantaged pupils are defined as those in receipt of free school meals at any time in past six years
· Looked after children and those who have left care through adoption or other routes
· Service children are those flagged in the school census or who have been at any point in the last five years
· Pupil premium is not allocated to individual pupils – institutions can decide how best to use their overall allocation for the educational benefit of disadvantaged pupils
What is EVER6 FSM?
· Pupils eligible for free school meals within the last six years
· For 2017 to 2018 any pupil on the January 2018 census known to have been eligible for FSM at any point since summer 2011 will be counted in the allocations
· Remember the years in scope change each year:
· 2017-18: pupils recorded at any point since summer 2011
· 2016-17: pupils recorded at any point since summer 2010
Looked after children premium
· Pupil premium for looked after children is allocated to the local authority responsible for the child
· Funding is managed by the local authority’s virtual school head who can allocate the premium to the child’s school or use the funding centrally
· Within Peterborough this fund is managed using an electronic application: e-pep (electronic Personal Education Plan). Please see our separate policy statement available from the school office. The virtual school head discusses with the school how it will manage the funding.
Currently 83 children at Heltwate are eligible for the Pupil Premium- 50% of the pupils.
These numbers do change throughout the year.
Is there an issue with eligible pupils not applying for FSM?
When a Housing/Council Tax Benefit form is completed, this automatically entitles child(ren) in the family to receive free school meals. The Council inform the Student Services Team and the school of the child’s entitlement to free school meals. We receive this information automatically.
Parents in receipt of Child Tax credit are required to complete a free school meal application form and we encourage all parents that receive the credit to apply to ensure that the school receives the Premium payment. Due to the introduction of universal free school meals some parents of year 1 and 2 children do not always realise that they are eligible and do not apply.
How will the School spend the Pupil Premium?
Heltwate School intends to spend the allocated pupil premium on a range of interventions which can be seen in the Pupil Premium strategy and Impact statements on the website. Some of these are new initiatives and some extend existing activities.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
At Heltwate School, the usual cycle of data collection and the monitoring and tracking of the cohort’s attainment, will be used to inform student progress and enable the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention.
We take seriously the performance of all our Students, and “We aim to meet each Childs’ individual need”. We use the Pupil Premium to improve standards across the school, and target the spending power that the Pupil Premium gives.
We target this fund mainly under the following headings;
· Improve levels of attainment and progress
· Close attainment gaps relative to need and ability.
· Provide full access to the curriculum
· Access extra curricular provision