The Purpose of the Pupil Premium Grant
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 who are or have been eligible for free school meals in the past 6 years (FSM and Ever6), Children in Care, children whose parents are in the armed forces and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
*If the parent(s) are entitled to, and receiving the following benefits, they will be entitled to free school meals, regardless of whether their child actually takes the free meal or not:
- Income Support (IS) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA(IR)). ESA (C) is not eligible.
- Income based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- Child Tax Credit, provided that Working Tax Credit is not included and that your annual income for Tax Credit purposes does not exceed £16,190.
*Parents whose children are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 now receive free school meals because of the Government legislation but are not entitled to Pupil Premium funding unless the parent(s) qualify as stated above.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. However, schools will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils who qualify for the Pupil Premium.
All staff at West Kidlington, together with our governing body, need to ensure that we are tracking the progress of those pupils to demonstrate that specific needs are being met. This data is then scrutinised to consider:
- The differences in progress and attainment between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium pupils
- Whether interventions put in place are considered effective in narrowing the attainment gaps between Pupil Premium and non-Pupil Premium pupils
- The attainment of our Pupil Premium pupils and young people in comparison with other schools, area and authority
- How progress is shared with all parents and carers
- How West Kidlington is linking with other agencies to help families with wider issues
West Kidlington provides support both academically through providing additional resources and support for pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural aspects of learning. This ensures that all pupils are actively able to take part in the school community and enjoy the same opportunities as all pupils.