The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The school receives funding in respect of pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any time in the previous 6 years, children of Services personnel (for mentoring and emotional support) and children who have been cared for by the Local Authority in the previous 12 months.
At Bexton we are committed to ensuring that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils, in particular those of vulnerable or socially disadvantaged pupils. The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is used to ensure that all PPG pupils are supported in making progress. This progress is carefully and regularly tracked and there is an expectation that over the Key Stage, the majority of pupils will reach the expected standard in English and Maths. Where we identify that PPG pupils are falling behind the expected levels of progress, or where we feel they are not achieving their potential, which may be more than this, targeted literacy and numeracy intervention programmes delivered by their class teacher and supported by a dedicated teaching assistant.
- To close the gap in attainment for PPG pupils in core subjects.
- To maintain high expectations and standards for pupils on PPG, ensuring targeted support is available to stretch our most able PPG pupils.
- To ensure that all pupils are given the same opportunities to develop their potential and participate in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school.
Supporting Vulnerable Groups
We believe that one of the barriers to learning for some of our more vulnerable pupils is the emotional issues they may face and the effect this has on their attitude to school. We prioritise the use of our Pupil Premium Grant to not only support pupils academically through focused literacy and numeracy interventions, but also to support them emotionally. Our Pastoral Care lead (Mrs Franklin) provides a mentoring service to our more vulnerable children, including those on PPG, increasing self esteem and improving their attitude to education. To analyse the effectiveness of this provision, we will undertake an annual pupil survey and we use our Jigsaw Resilience Screening Tool (REST).
Supporting Curricular and Extra-curricular activities
In order to narrow the gap for our PPG children, it is important that they have access to the same extra curricular activities and residential school visits as the rest of their peers. Pupil Premium is therefore used to fund extra-curricular activities and residential trips for those pupils who qualify for Free School Meals. We can also support parents by supplying or purchasing for them branded uniform.
Is your child eligilbe for the Pupil Premium?
All children who currently qualify for free school meals based on their family circumstances are entitled to pupil premium. This applies if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less)
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.
In addition, pupils who have qualified for free school meals on the above grounds in the past, but are no longer eligible, continue to receive pupil premium for the next six years.
Schools are responsible for recording the children who are eligible for pupil premium in their annual school census - you don't have to do anything yourself, other than making sure you return any paperwork that relates to the benefits you receive or your child's entitlement to free school meals.
If your child qualifies for free school meals or has at any point in the past six years, it’s important that you tell their school – even if they're in Reception or KS1 and receive universal school meals for infant pupils, or are in KS2 and take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim pupil premium.
- Children in Reception to Year 6 who are currently entitled to free school meals based on their family income: £1345 per pupil, per school year
- Children in Reception to Year 6 who were previously entitled to benefits-based free school meals, even if they're no longer eligible: £1345 per pupil, per school year, for six years after they stopped qualifying for free school meals
- Children in care: £2345 per pupil, per school year
- Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2345 per pupil, per school year
- Children recorded as being from service families: £310 per pupil, per school year
To apply for the Pupil Premium, please see this website page: Free School Meals (cheshireeast.gov.uk)