Pupil Premium Award – Winner (Primary)
We are extremely pleased to share some fantastic news. Wimborne First School won the Primary Category in the Dorset Pupil Premium Awards 2019. These awards recognise good practice in schools and settings who are dedicated to improving the life chances of disadvantaged pupils.
What is the Pupil Premium?
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money (additional funding) given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This funding is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium can face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Schools are given a pupil premium for:
- Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1320 for each of these children.
- Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day. These children are awarded a premium of £2300.
- Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence. They are awarded £300.
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.
Reporting and accountability
It is the responsibility of the Head Teacher or a delegated member of staff (Pupil Premium Lead) to produce regular reports for the school governors. The reports should focus on measuring the effectiveness of the Pupil Premium approach and spending against its impact on disadvantaged children compared with non-disadvantaged nationally.
The school is committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, whether or not they are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
How can we support?
Wimborne First School has considered how to use the Pupil Premium funding they receive to support eligible children. If your child is eligible for a funding, then you could receive support as follows:
- Free School Sweatshirt
- Free School Book bag
- Free School PE bag
- One funded club per year
- A Breakfast Club is available (use of this facility should be discussed with the Pupil Premium Lead)
Please note that this offer cannot be repeated more than once a year.
As soon as confirmation has been received from Dorset Council that you are entitled to Pupil Premium funding, the school office will contact you.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,190
- Income-Based Job Seekers' Allowance
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
How do I apply?
If you think you may be eligible, please use the following link:
It is easy to apply and you are told immediately if you are eligible. If you have any questions or queries, please contact the school office who will be happy to assist you.