What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding to the main school funding given by the government to address the inequalities between pupils that are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. This funding was introduced in 2011 and is provided to schools for pupils that are or have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM).
The purpose of this funding is to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. The funding is based on research which shows that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, providing they can demonstrate the impact of the funding on learning, attainment and pupil wellbeing/ pastoral care.
School leaders and governing bodies must track and report the progress of pupils in receipt of free school meals to ensure positive impact and demonstrate how the money is being spent.
Did you know that when a child is registered for free school meals the government gives the school an extra £1320?
In 2011-12 the Government launched its pupil premium funding. This money is sent to schools by Central Government based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years (Ever 6). In addition, children whose parents work in the Forces or children who are ‘Looked After Children’ also receive a grant. This money is allocated by the school to initiatives specifically designed to ensure eligible children reach their full potential, both academically and socially. Currently the pupil premium is worth £1320 per pupil to the school.
At Foxdell, there are lots of additional benefits available to your child if he/she is registered for free school meals, or has been registered at any time during the last 6 years.
This year your child would be entitled to:
We would like to encourage as many parents as possible to apply by completing the registration form (see the link below) and returning it to school. You only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at Foxdell Juniors. Please note that if your child is registered for free school meals they do not have to take the free lunch provided. If you prefer to provide your child with a packed lunch from home you are fully entitled to do so, but we would still request that they are registered so that they can benefit from the funding.