What is Pupil Premium?
Introduced in 2011, Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of children from families who receive certain benefits. Pupil Premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their peers. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children can face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils as a result.
Schools in England will also be awarded a recovery premium, which provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023 academic years. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.
Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?
Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day.
Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
Children whose parents receive certain benefits and are therefore entitled to free school meals.
As all children between ages 4-7 currently have free school meals (Universal Free School Meals) many parents do not realise that their child may be eligible for Pupil Premium and school may be missing out on additional funding.
Is my child eligible for Pupil Premium?
If you or your partner receive any of the following benefits you can apply for Pupil Premium.
Universal Credit – your household earned annual income must be less than £7,400 after tax and not including any benefits
Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income related Employment Support Allowance
Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed part of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit – with no Working Tax Credit and your annual household income is no more than £16,190, as assessed by the Inland Revenue
How Do I apply for Pupil Premium Funding?
If you think you may be eligible for Pupil Premium, please inform the school office or speak to Mrs Marskell.
How is Pupil Premium funding used by school?
Schools can choose how to spend their Pupil Premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its Pupil Premium.
Household Support Funding
The government has announced its intention to continue to allocate money to local councils as part of the Household Support Grant Scheme, providing support to vulnerable households and families with children who continue to be affected by the financial impact of the pandemic.
The funding will be used to help those struggling to meet the cost of food and utility bills. It can also be available for other essential costs, such as emergency boiler and heating repairs, and housing costs where existing housing support schemes such as Housing Benefit, Universal Credit and Discretionary Housing Payments do not meet the exceptional need.
Further information about the scheme can be found on your local authority's website click on the links below:
Pupil Premium Strategy Report
What is the Pupil Premium Strategy Report?
Pupil Premium Strategy Report is a funding allocated to schools by the Department of Education to provide additional educational support according to the number of children eligible for Free School Meals during the last 6 years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
Its purpose is to raise attainment, accelerate progress and fulfil the achievement potential of all our children. It is up to schools to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium Strategy Report funding because they are best placed to assess what additional educational provision should be put in place, to ensure maximum progress for all the children within their care.
All schools will be held accountable for how they have used the Pupil Premium Strategy Report and the impact it has had on the children’s learning.
Please download for our latest Pupil Premium Strategy Report below.
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2022-2023
Our approach to Pupil Premium Funding
At Newnham Infant and Nursery School we seek to ensure the effectiveness of our use of Pupil Premium funding. We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and therefore attempt to be innovative in the support that we provide. We do this by offering our children a wide range of opportunities and ensuring that these are accessible for everyone.
At school we have a designated Pupil Premium lead teacher, Miss Baker (Assistant Head), who is part of the senior leadership team of the school. A designated governor is allocated to ensure the Pupil Premium grant is being effectively spent.
What does this approach look like at Newnham Infant and Nursery School?
Enriching the curriculum
- Quality First Teaching strategies
- Deepened understanding of all pupils
- Access to 1 school trip/workshop paid per term (if needed)
- Access to 1 club per paid per year (if needed)
- Tailoring each intervention to suit each child
- Small group support in lessons
- Early Bird support (Before school targeted small group)
- Weekly Pupil Premium focus teaching provided by Mrs Miller-Snell
- Speech and Language support (if needed)
- High quality wrap around care
- Offer of foodbank vouchers
- A learning coach that meets with the children regularly to review learning and build self esteem
- Regular training for staff e.g. Science, Phonics, vocabulary
- Training for teaching staff in further developing Quality First Teaching strategies in the classroom through team teaching, planning support etc.
- Additional meetings/ telephone calls (if needed)
- Curriculum workshops