What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to all schools to support disadvantaged pupils. Harrow Gate Primary Academy receives pupil premium for: children that are cared for or adopted from care; children whose parents are in the armed forces; and for every pupil who has received free school meals over the past 6 years.
How can I find out if my child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding?
The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. You can check online using a ‘Free School Meals / Pupil Premium Service’ at https://www.forms.stockton.gov.uk/ufs/ufsmain?formid=CESC_020_FSM&ebd=0&ebz=1_1473761089383 . After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify our school. Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the office staff by calling 01642 526606 (10am-4pm), who will be able to assist you through this process. All enquires will be treated in confidence.
Children in Reception and KS1 are automatically entitled to a free school lunch; however, registering your child for free meals will entitle them to additional support with the cost of school visits, PTA events and extra-curricular clubs, as well as raising additional funds for the school.
How is the funding used?
Harrow Gate Primary seeks to ensure the effectiveness of its use of the Pupil Premium. We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and look for individual ways to support each child to achieve their very best. We do this by offering our children a wide range of opportunities and ensuring that these are accessible for everyone. We work with our families and colleagues to make sure everyone has high aspirations for all pupils. We ensure pupil premium children are well represented and have a voice on our school council and eco committees. In addition, we make use of educational research such as The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, to guide us on how best to use the school’s resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
Early Years Pupil Premium Funding
From April 2015, Schools, Nurseries, child-minders and other childcare providers will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care. We want to explain what the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is, explain who is eligible for this funding and as a provider how we can claim the extra funding for your child.
National data and research tells that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, for example in 2014, 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% of other children. The EYPP will provide us with extra funding to close this gap. The EYPP provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care.
This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 750 hours funded entitlement to early education. This additional money could make a significant difference to us and your child. We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child. This could include for example, additional training for our staff in early language, investing in partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.
It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available for school age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our early years children entitled to this funding.
All parents whose child is attending Nursery will be asked to complete a form given by the school office. This will allow us to claim the additional EYPP.
Pupil Premium - Our Context
Harrow Gate Primary Academy is a large primary school in Hardwick, Stockton-on-Tees. We have a high school deprivation indicator: 0.38 compared to a national average of 0.24. The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for Free School meals (FSM) is also significantly above the national average: 46% compared to 26%. (RAISEonline 2015)
We are an inclusive school with high aspirations and ambitions for our children. We believe that no child should be left behind. We are committed to ensuring that any challenges we face in our context are mitigated so that all pupils can reach their full potential.
Objectives of Pupil Premium Spending
The Pupil Premium Grant is aimed at addressing the underlying inequalities which exist between children who are eligible for free school meals and those who are not. There is a national trend of lower attainment for FSM which is why the government is committed to support schools financially to close this gap.
Our key objective in using the Pupil Premium Grant is to close the gap between pupil groups. We want all children to achieve well and attain high standards. We recognise that for some children there are significant barriers to learning such as weak language and communication skills, lack of confidence, behaviour difficulties and sometimes complex family situations. All of these can impact on a child’s ability to make good progress.
However, we absolutely recognise that eligibility for free school meals is not a direct link to lower ability or challenging home circumstances. As our proportion of FSM is high our Pupil Premium grant supports children right across the ability range in school to ensure that every child meets their potential.