What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium is rising to £1.875 billion in 2013-14, with schools attracting £1400 per disadvantaged child.
The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School Meals. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap, and there is a planned reform to the school performance tables to include new measures that show the attainment of pupils who receive the pupil premium compared with their peers.
At Wimborne First School we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
It will be the responsibility of the Head Teacher or a delegated member of staff to produce regular reports for the governor’s curriculum committee on:
The progress made towards narrowing the gap by year group for socially disadvantaged children.
Plus an outline of the provision in place since the last meeting.
An evaluation of the cost effectiveness in terms of the progress made by pupils receiving a particular provision when compared to other forms of support.
It will be the responsibility of the chairperson of the curriculum committee to make this information known to the full governing body.
The governors of the school will ensure that there is an annual statement to parents on how the pupil premium funding has been used to address the issue of narrowing the gap for socially disadvantaged pupils. This task will be carried out within the requirements published by the Department of Education.
The school is committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, whether or not they are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
Applying for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium Funding
PLEASE APPLY EVEN IF YOU ARE RECEIVING HOT MEALS IN REC/Year1/year 2 already!
If you feel you could be eligible for free school meals, it is very simple to apply and takes moments to do. Simply telephone Dorset County Council on 01305 221014 and give your National Insurance number and your child’s date of birth. You will be told immediately if you are eligible and the next steps in the process.
Or click on the following link...
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