Pupil Premium Strategy Report 2020.21
What is Pupil Premium?
In 2011-12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding. The money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it was expanded to include all those children who have been eligible for free school meals within the last six years. This brings in additional funding to the school which is effectively allocated to support these children both within and outside the curriculum. This funding currently stands at £1,320 per child and £1,900 for Looked After Children.
At Alston Lane Catholic Primary School, we believe that teaching and learning is at the heart of raising pupil attainment and supporting children emotionally to acheive their potential. As a result, the funding we receive, which is below the national average, supports higher levels of teaching assistant support in our classes. This support, in all classes each morning, and for at least two afternoons per class in the afternoon (higher in KS1), means that small group support, 1:1 teaching and other interventions to close gaps in learning, can take place. Teaching assistants are also an essential asset each morning as children enter school. They are available for children to talk to, share worries with and generally act as a buffer between home and school. This enables children to start each school day, in the right frame of mind to do their best and reach their potential.
The amount of Pupil Premium funding received in 2020.21 was £20,175.
At Alston Lane, we also use Pupil Premium funding to support the wider curriculum. Visits and trips are funded for eligible children, which includes residential visits. We also fund music lessons for children who wish to take part. We currently offer brass, keyboard, drums and guitar lessons and the take up is excellent for most eligible Key Stage 2 children.
The residential offer ensures Year 4 children visiting Towerwood, as well as the Year 6 children visiting France, have equal access.
Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding
All pupils in reception, year one or year two in primary schools are entitled to free school meals.
Children in other years could get free school meals if you receive:
- Income Support (IS)
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR)
- Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance (IB-JSA)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit but are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit 'run on'- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Pupil Premium funding
If you are in receipt of any of the above benefits and your child is eligible to apply for free school meals, the school will also be eligible to claim Pupil Premium funding for your child.
Pupil premium creates many other benefits in school for your child which include free trips and visits and free music lessons. It is also used to provide specific classroom support to help raise your child’s achievement.
If you think you may be eligible to claim please follow the link to the application form above or ask for further information at the school office.
Alternatively, please ring the local authority Pupil Access Team on 01772 531809.