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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium Grant is funding provided by the Government that is additional to main school funding and is allocated to schools to help them support pupils in Reception to Year 11 who:

  • Are entitled to or are in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM), or have been at any time over the last 6 years (FSM6)
  • Are children of Service personnel, or have been in the last 3 years
  • Are in care or have ever been in care
  • Have been adopted from care or left care under a Residential Order or Special Guardianship Order (Children Act 1989) or a Child Arrangement Order

The Government has also recently introduced a new Early Years Pupil Premium Grant that is payable to schools for 3 and 4 year olds whose parents are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

If you think that your child may qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant please contact Rebecca Watson, Head of First and Middle Schools by email: KPSheadfirstschool@kps.woodard.co.uk or by telephone 0191 2589150.

School accountability
The Pupil Premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision children need. OFSTED inspections report on how schools use the funding to affect the outcomes for disadvantaged pupils. Performance Tables also hold schools accountable, with data on the attainment of pupils who attract the funding, the progress made by these pupils, the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. For more information please see:

Department for Education:
More information about Pupil Premium can be found on the Department for Education website.

How do we select effective strategies for narrowing the gap and raising attainment?
At Kings Priory School, we refer to The Sutton Trust-Education Endowment Fund (EEF) Teaching and Learning Toolkit, which gives guidance for teachers and schools on how to use their resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. This guidance is used alongside other research-based evidence and knowledge of our pupils’ individual requirements to select appropriate strategies to support learning. For more information click here.

Our Principles

  • Teaching and learning opportunities should meet the needs of all of our pupils
  • Appropriate provision should be made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals
  • We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged
  • Pupil premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of pupil premium interventions at one time

For more information please see our Pupil Premium policy.

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