Pupil Premium Funding

From 01 September 2014, all Key Stage 1 (Reception, Year 1 or Year 2) are entitled to receive a free school meal regardless of what benefits are claimed by their parent/carer.

If you are in receipt of benefits your school may be entitled to receive additional funding (Pupil Premium) to support your child. For pupils in Years 3-6 it  will also entitle them to a free school meal. Pupil Premium is additional funding that the Government gives to schools for each pupil where they are deemed to need further help. The money must be spent on that pupil to support their education, but it is for the school to determine how it is spent.

To see if your child is entitled to Pupil Premium, please check your eligibility below.

Are You Eligible?

There are currently 9,000 children in Cornwall in receipt of free school meals and in doing so are securing Pupil Premium funding for their school.  However, we believe that there are many more that may be eligible.

Your child may be eligible for free school meals (and Pupil Premium for their school) if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits.

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Job Seekers’ Allowance (Income-Based) and equal based Job Seekers Allowance.
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR) and equal based Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an Annual income of less than £16,190.
  • Guarantee Element of Pension Credit (GPC)
  • Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (IAA) Support
  • Universal Credit

You are temporarily eligible to claim free school meals if you receive a Working Tax Credit run on – this is the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.  In order to qualify for free school meals after the four week period expires, you will need to be in receipt of one of the other qualifying benefits listed above.

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (i.e they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

What would make me ineligible?  Please note that anyone claiming Working Tax Credit, Contribution-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance is NOT eligible for free school meals or Pupil Premium, regardless of what other credit/benefits are being claimed.

If you think your child is entitled to a free school meal and pupil premium funding, please complete the online application form by following this link to the local authority application page.

How did the school use Pupil Premium Funding to support pupil progress in 2016/17?

In the academic year 2016/17 the school used Pupil Premium Funding in a variety of different ways to accelerate learning and provide enriching learning opportunities for eligible children, who might otherwise have been disadvantaged. Our total allocation for 2016/17 was £28,050.

What did provision look like?

Facilitated  by teaching staff

  • Learning support for numeracy & literacy x 2 mornings per week
  • Daily maths pick-up sessions
  • Individual specific targeted support
  • Small group teaching for Y5/6 maths

Facilitated by support staff

  • Supported small group (literacy & numeracy)
  • Access to nurture group x 1 session per week
  • 1:1  Drawing & Talking intervention (12 weeks per pupil)
  • Individual and group intervention with Thrive practitioner
  • Lego therapy
  • KS2 Phonological awareness programme x 3 per week
  • 1:1 daily reading

Resources and training

  • Development of Rainbow Room for Thrive sessions
  • Purchase of Widgit software as visual communication tool
  • Introduction of bayed areas in each classroom for focussed learning

Additional provision

  • Free access to KS2 outdoor education residential experience
  • Peripatetic  music tuition fees paid

What has been the impact of this provision?

Overall, pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding at Harrowbarrow made good progress last year, closing the gap with the overall national average for each subject (see table below).

At the end of KS2 (Y6), how did the attainment of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding compare to pupils not in receipt of this funding and with the national average?

The table shows the percentage of pupils achieving the Age Related Expectation (ARE) who were in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding (FSM6) last year compared to those pupils not in receipt of this funding (non FSM6).

Subject  Harrowbarrow FSM6 Harrowbarrow Non-FSM6 National average
Reading 71% 60% 71%
Writing 71% 70% 76%
Maths 71% 50% 75%

At the end of KS1 (Y2) how did the attainment of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding compare to pupils not in receipt of this funding and with the national average?

In 2016/17 there were no pupils in Y2 in receipt of pupil premium funding.

How is the school planning to spend  Pupil Premium Funding in 2017/18

For the academic year 2017/18 the school has a total Pupil Premium Fund allocation of £35,425. This allocation is based on the number of pupils eligible for Free School Meals, children who have previously been in care and services children. The school will continue to use this to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of these students, in our effort to ensure they have the same opportunities to make progress in line with their peers.

In recent years the school has recognised a decline in many children’s emotional health & well-being which has had a detrimental impact upon their ability to access learning and make good progress. The appointment of Abi Nicolle as an Emotional Health and Well-being Support Worker, in the last year, is a response to this need by the school. Abi works with many of the children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding and often assesses their ability to learn and interact using Thrive assessment tools. We closely track the academic progress of all our pupils as part of our termly assessment schedule.

In addition to our Pupil Premium spending priorities last year, this year we are allocating an amount to train another member of our school support staff team. This is in direct response to the escalating needs in this area.

The progress of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding is reported to governors termly.

Further information

If you are unsure whether your child is entitled to additional support through Pupil Premium Funding, or would like to know how the school is using it for the benefit of your child, please contact Mr Hunt the headteacher.

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