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Pupil Premium Strategy

Ley Hill School Pupil Premium Strategy for 20-21 and review of 19-20

Dear Parent / Carers,

 

Thank you for finding out more about Pupil Premium. If your child is currently eligible for Pupil Premium Funding, I would like to take this opportunity to explain how the funding the school receives for your child is used. The school also has a Pupil Premium Strategy, which can be found in the link above. If you wish to request a copy, please let the School Office know. This outlines the steps that the school takes to ensure that children receiving Pupil Premium Funding make good progress both academically and personally.

 

Money received for Pupil Premium is not ring-fenced for each child. It is used to invest in resources and learning programmes, which are delivered to whole classes as part of the ‘High Quality First Teaching’ approach. This ensures that all children receive an excellent education. This will in turn support your child in making progress.

 

We strongly believe that children’s emotional well-being is vitally important for success. Funding is also used in providing pastoral care for children in ways such as training for all school staff. This means that all classrooms are a safe and nurturing place in which to be. A member of staff is also employed solely for this purpose and children receive support in small groups or as a 1-1. This can be a regular intervention or on a more ad hoc basis, as and when children need this help.

 

You will be aware that we also use the money to support children in other ways. This may be helping to provide school uniform or paying for enrichment activities such as clubs or school trips. This is only agreed where we feel that the child would really benefit and support them in having opportunities that would not otherwise be open to them.

 

As the funding is used in a wider context, there may be occasions where we are not able to agree to use money to pay for activities or other opportunities. However, you should be reassured that the way that the funding is used in our school will mean that your child continues to have the best possible education and make the most progress they can.

 

We typically spend Pupil Premium funding on the following things:

· Nurture sessions and 'Wobble' clubs

· After school Club (as Covid regulations allow)

· Uniform (PE kit and School Uniform)

· School swimming lessons

· School trips, including residential visits

· School Visitors, such as The Viking Experience Day and author visits

 · Mentoring

· A school musical instrument (ukulele or recorder) or funding towards music lessons in school

· Pastoral training for all staff

The Purpose of 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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
  • In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. 
  • Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they are held accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures have been included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of the children who receive the Pupil Premium.

 

Key Facts

 

  • The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
  • The level of the premium in 2020-21 is £1320, with looked-after children being allocated £1900. 
  • The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2015-16 will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.

Free School Meals

 

Even if you choose not to have a school dinner, the Pupil Premium will benefit the pupil and the school. The link below will take you to further information about Free School Meals and an application from. There is also information about who is eligible for FSM.

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