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 which would entitle your child to free school meals, your school may be entitled to receive funding (Pupil Premium) to support your child.  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 you are entitled to Pupil Premium for your school, 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 does the school use Pupil Premium Funding to support pupil progress?

In the academic year 2013/14 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 2013/4 was £16,200.

What did provision look like?

Facilitated  by teaching staff

  • Learning   support x 1 session per week
  • Daily   maths pick-up sessions
  • Individual   specific targeted support
  • Individual dyslexia screening diagnosis and reporting
  • Additional   reading comprehension homework

Facilitated by support staff

  • Supported small group (literacy & numeracy)
  • Additional access to outdoor learning experiences x1 session per week
  • Focus  writing group support
  • 1:1  Drawing & Talking intervention (12 weeks per pupil)
  • KS2 Phonic intervention  x 3 per week
  • Early Literacy Support for Y1
  • 1:1 daily reading

Resources and training

  • iPad apps for mental maths & memory training
  • KS2 Phonological awareness training
  • Dyslexia screening test diagnostic materials
  • KS2 reading comprehension cards
  • Memory training  & resources

Additional provision

  • Access to KS2 outdoor education residential experience

What has been the impact of this provision?

Overall, pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding at Harrowbarrow made good progress last year. Many pupils closed the gap with their peers nationally. Across Key Stage 2, for the year, pupils made + 3.3 Average Points in Reading, + 5.3 Average Points in Writing and +5.2 Average Points in Maths. The national expectation was for +3.0 Average Points in a year.

At the end of KS2 (Y6), how did the attainment of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding compare to similar pupils nationally?

Subject  School National
Overall APS (Reading, Writing & Maths) 24.0 27.0





At the end of KS1 (Y2) how did the attainment of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding compare to similar pupils nationally?

Subject  School National
Overall APS (Reading, Writing & Maths) 17.0 14.6




Priorities for improvement in 2014/15

From September 2014 the school has 17 children in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant, giving a total allocation of £26,000. The school will continue to use this to meet the needs both socially and academically of these students, enabling them to perform in line with or above their peers nationally.

  • To ensure the good progress across both Key Stages is maintained.
  • To ensure that by the end of Key Stage 2 pupils achieve in line with or above their peers nationally.

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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