Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Information – 2018 / 19

Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

 It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”       Source - DfE website

At Well Lane, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and commitment to learning that makes the difference between success and failure.  Our school values are "Be nice, work hard and never give up".               

We are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding, along with allocations made from the schools own budget, helps ensure this money is spent to maximum effect.  

Pupil Premium Spending:

Our pupil premium money has been used to provide a range of additional support for our children and these interventions, along with quality first teaching, have a positive impact on children’s attainment and self-belief. By offering a wide range of interventions and by breaking down the barriers to learning, we work hard to ensure all children are given the opportunity to maximise the progress they make while at Well Lane. 

Information to be published to parents:

In place of the current requirements regarding information about pupil premium expenditure, schools are now required to publish their 'PUPIL PREMIUM STRATEGY.' This should include:         

      The current academic year: 

  • the amount of the school's allocation of pupil premium grant
  • details of the main barriers to educational achievement
  • how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
  • how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.

How will the school measure the impact of the Pupil Premium?

At Well Lane, barriers to learning are identified and feeds into targeted interventions. Data collection and the monitoring and tracking of pupil's attainment are used to inform a pupil's progress and this also enables the early identification of need, support and appropriate intervention. Pupil Progress meetings take place every term.

Each term, the school reviews the impact of the interventions purchased, through reports, pupil discussions, staff discussions and data tracking. When selecting pupils for Pupil Premium interventions, the school looks at all pupils across the school. There are some pupils who are not eligible for PP who will benefit from these groups if their needs are similar and we believe progress can be made towards individual targets.

Pupil Premium Funding and the impact of this is shared with and reported to Governors by the Headteacher.

Financial year 2018 to 2019:

In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.

Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.

 Eligibility for Free School Meals:

 A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2).

Eligibility Criteria

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:   

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit          

Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.                        

If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don't want your child to eat school meals, please call into the school office.  Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.