Pupil Premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils. Primary schools receive £1345 for pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years, pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care and pupils who are looked after by the local authority. There is also a Service Pupil Premium which is not based on disadvantage, but combined into Pupil Premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending. Schools get £310 for every pupil with a parent who is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence.
School leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium. It is not allocated per pupil, but as a lump sum. In addition, schools do not have to spend pupil premium so it solely benefits eligible pupils. We can use it wherever we identify the greatest need. As an evidence-informed school, our engagement with educational research offers us a valuable tool for understanding which practices and programmes are most likely to deliver the greatest impact.
Even though all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a free school meal, in order for your child to benefit from extra help with funding, equipment and extra support, you MUST still register for free school meals. Even if your child has a packed lunch they can still benefit from this extra funding! Parents of children in Key Stage 2 should also apply.
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We are required to publish online our strategy for how we intend to use this funding. Evidence suggests that Pupil Premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas, with a particular focus on teaching.
If you’d like to find out more about free school meals please visit the Warwickshire County Council website. Alternatively, please come into school and either Mrs. Young (Head of School) or Mr. Hilton (Executive Headteacher) would be pleased to help you with your application.