Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Statement

The pupil premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who are looked after for more than six months (LAC).  In addition, Pupil Premium is allocated for children of families who are currently serving in the armed forces.

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil premium funding is available to:

  • Local Authority maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • Voluntary-Sector Alternative Provision (AP), with Local Authority agreement
  • Special Schools Not Maintained by the Local Authority (NMSS)
  • Academies and Free Schools, including special and AP Academies

We must publish details of how we spend our pupil premium provision and the effect this funding has had on the attainment of our children who attract the funding.

In line with this year’s school improvement priorities, we have evaluated pupil premium expenditure and assessed the needs of the children to ensure that all expenditure has maximum impact on our most vulnerable children. We aim to offer a bespoke package for individual pupils that focuses on specific areas of need. Areas for development identified include wider enrichment; academic progress; attendance and providing support to develop basic speech and language skills for our youngest pupils.

Having identified these needs, we drew up a plan of action (see 21 – 22 report on this page) to try and plug the gaps and show  positive impact. The review of last year’s action plan (see 20 – 21 report on this page) was very successful and shows children accessing a wide range of activities, such as sport clubs, music lessons, Young Voices and educational visits/residentials. Literacy and speech and language interventions also proved to have a positive impact, as can be seen from the programmes’ entry and exit data, and support in class had a positive impact on progress in lessons. Staff are aware that should they have any other concerns these can be forwarded to the SENCo.

Pupil Premium Eligibility

You can claim free school meals for a child who lives with you and who you are responsible for. https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/benefits/apply-free-school-meals/1

Your claim will be automatically processed if you receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support and get any of the qualifying benefits.

Your child is eligible for Free School Meals if you get one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run- on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

In addition, the following pupils will be protected against losing their free school meals as follows;

  • From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time
  • In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period
  • Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer in receipt of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary)

Infant Free School Meals

If your child attends a state funded infant school and is in Key Stage 1 (reception, year 1 or year 2), they are entitled to ‘universal infant free school meals’ regardless of your income. Please contact your child’s school to tell them you would like to have ‘universal infant free school meals’.

Parents of Infants Who Receive the Above Qualifying Benefits

You can apply for free school meals if you think you might be entitled, because your school gets up to £1,320 additional funding (Pupil Premium) to support your child’s education and can help to buy new equipment and resources. This money is only paid if you apply for free school meals and are confirmed to be entitled.

If your claim is successful, the school will be notified that your child can have free school meals.

Our next Pupil Premium review will be published Autumn 2022.