In 2011-12, the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding programme for pupils in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, this was been expanded to include the number of children who have been eligible for Free School Meals within the last six years. Every year we have received a varying amount of money which is determined by the number of pupils attending the school who are or were eligible for Free School Meals. Additionally, children that are in the care of the Local Authority and children of service personnel also receive funding.
Funding 2015 - 2016
Current funding 2015-16 (for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years) is £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6.
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following: adoption / a special guardianship order / a child arrangements order / a residence order.
Children who have been in local-authority care for one day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children
Use of funding
Pupil Premium funding is used by the school in a number of ways in order to help improve pupil attainment and to help overcome any identified barriers to learning. The funding has helped provide for the many initiatives including:
1. Additional high quality teaching; small group and intensive one to one programmes.
2. Ensuring training for Teaching Assistants so that support is delivered by well-trained members of staff to achieve specific outcomes.
3. Funding of attendance at After School Clubs.
4. Assistance in funding school visits and the residential trip to France; offering pupils the opportunity to participate in activities and experience cultural activities that may otherwise be unavailable to them.
5. Training of leaders in school to ensure a learning community is developed and that teachers are fully equipped to allow all pupils to fulfil their potential.
Roxeth pupils that are eligible for Pupil Premium achieve consistently as well as all other pupils in the school. Where their achievement is below that of their classmates (e.g. writing in some years), the school has funded interventions to raise the achievement of these children.
How Can You Help?
We take very seriously the public monies entrusted to our school. The additional money the school receives from Pupil Premium is very important to us. Last year (2014-15) Roxeth received £130,060 of additional funding. The Government’s intention is for this funding to continue to be the principal method of tackling underachievement. Even if your child does not wish to take Free School Meals you can see that it is beneficial to the school for the eligibility to be recorded.
Please use the website below to see if you are entitled to claim free school meals. If you are eligible, please do let us know. You need to apply for free School Meals even if your child is in Reception to Year2 (i.e. receiving a Universal Free School Meal) as the school will receive additional funding.
If you are unsure if you are eligible, please come and see Mrs Davies or Mr Deanus for a chat in complete confidence. It is important to us that everyone receives their full entitlement.
How Does It Work?
First check if you qualify - it is not just for the unemployed, so please look at the list below. Registering is quick and easy - to check your eligibility, check on line at https://myfreeschoolmeals.firmstep.com
Do You Qualify?
Free School Meals are available to any full-time student who is still at school and eligible. This includes nursery children who attend full days. You can get Free School Meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:
Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
Income related employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.
Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.
You should include all of your children that you would like to apply to receive Free School Meals for that are in full time school education. A successful application for Pupil Premium will not have a negative impact on payments of any other benefits you receive. Even if you do not receive any of the benefits above, please still use the link https://myfreeschoolmeals.firmstep.com/
Please click here to download the OFSTED PUPIL PREMIUM Report