Pupil Premium Information
Introduction to the Pupil Premium
The pupil premium was introduced by the government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals and those children in local authority care or from a family serving in our forces. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds.
Across the nation, the level of the Pupil Premium allocated to schools was £488 per pupil eligible for free school meals in 2011-12. It was increased to £600 per pupil eligible for free school meals in 2012-13 and further increased to £900 per pupil eligible for free school meals for 2013-14. For 2014-15 it increased to £1300 per pupil and now stands at £1345. In 2012-13 the government decided that eligibility for the pupil premium would be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the preceding 6 years.
Children from families currently in the services are eligible under the Pupil Premium for £310 and looked after children £2345.
The funding is given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent (please see below).
Please click HERE for the latest government information on the Pupil Premium.
The County's leaflet best describes how applying for Pupil Premium (where eligible) can help your family and the school. Please click HERE if you feel your family is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding. This form can either be sent direct to the Education Welfare Office or to the school office but in either case will be dealt with sensitively.
The Pupil Premium at Fourfields
At Fourfields we are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress. We track the achievements of every child on a regular basis and do all we can to make sure each child achieves his/her potential. We also have a duty to ensure that no group of children are disadvantaged due to their gender, ethnic origin, family income or background.
Children in all year groups learn in classes where the staff team includes a teacher and a teaching assistant. At different times of the day/week children of all abilities are familiar with working in groups of different sizes and with different adults. Children in need of additional support for their learning have the opportunity to work on a 1:1 basis of in a small group with an adult or access targeted resources including ICT equipment and related software.
The Pupil Premium has allowed us to continue and extend what we already do - to monitor children's progress and to give additional support when required. Children are certainly not singled out or stigmitised for getting some extra attention and we would never publicly identify a child in front of other children for receiving free school meals or for being in care.
Please click HERE for information on how the Pupil Premium was spent in 2019-20 and the impact of this spending.
How Can You Help?
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for pupil premium funding / free school meals, even if you do not want your child to eat school meals, please fill in a claim form available HERE.
Every child who is registered as eligible for pupil premium generates valuable income for the school and this eligibility will help you access financial assistance with school costs such as trips, clubs and music tuition. Thank you.