What is Pupil Premium?
The government believes that the pupil premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Click HERE to read our review of the 2019/20 Pupil Premium Grant and plans for 20/21. Impact will be reviewed throughout the year.
Children at Lydiard who are in receipt of Pupil Premium are helped in the following ways (dependent upon their individual needs):
- 1:1 teacher to boost levels
- Teacher/Higher Level Teaching Assistant support in small groups or one to one in reading, spelling or maths
- Counselling (if this is needed to support bereavement or troubled times)
- Play therapy or other initiative to aid learning attitudes and behaviour
- Extra curriculum activities that will help children grow in confidence
- Equipment to support learning needs e.g. dictaphone, i-Pad etc
Do you qualify?
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any e.g these benefits:
- Income Support
- Job Seeker’s Allowance (income-based)
- Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)
- support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit – providing you are NOT entitled to Working Tax Credit and your family’s annual income (as assessed by HMRC) is not more than £16,190 (as at 6 April 2012)
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment you may receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- 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)
If you think that your child is entitled to receive free school meals and they are not registered, please click HERE for more information, phone us on 01793 770 571 or come into the school office for more information.
Mrs Luce is the contact for parents of those children in receipt of Pupil Premium and will be able to give you more information about how they are being supported in school.
Wiltshire Council has set up a new confidential online application form which can be completed in the privacy of your home. This can be found at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals and a downloadable version is also available for those who would prefer to apply by post.