Pupil Premium – A Brief Explanation
We’d like to make all of our families aware that if you earn what the government terms ‘a low income’ your child qualifies for Pupil Premium financial support. Pupils do not have to take our meals as free school meals if they don’t want to but, if they are on our Pupil Premium Register, then they qualify for all sorts of other financial benefits throughout the year.
When a pupil is on our Pupil Premium Register, the school receives extra money for that pupil which must be spent only on the education of pupils who qualify for the Pupil Premium. The purpose of this extra money is to ensure that children from ‘low income’ families are not at a financial disadvantage during their education as a result of the family’s financial circumstances.
If you’d like further information, or would like to apply for Pupil Premium, Mrs Margetts in the office will be only too happy to talk to you or help you fill out the form.
Everybody wins when children eligible for Pupil Premium are registered for this additional funding. This helps parents financially in terms of free school meals, and the school receives extra government money to spend on our Pupil Premium pupils. Most of all, your children win as they don’t miss out because of financial considerations. In fact, even if your circumstances change and you are no longer eligible, your child and the school continue to benefit for a further 6 years after you cease to qualify. So if you think you may be eligible, do apply. You have nothing to lose and potentially a lot to gain!
Income Support / Income-based Jobseeker’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 they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190 / Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
The Government is providing funding to provide new, substantial primary school sport funding’. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work alongside primary teachers when teaching PE new or additional Change4Life sport clubs
- Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport
- Running sport competitions, or increasing participation in the school games
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE/sport
- Providing places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs.