Pupil Premium is an allocation of additional funding provided to schools to support groups of children who are vulnerable to possible underachievement. These include pupils who are entitled to free school meals, those looked after by the Local Authority and children of armed service personnel. The intended effect of this funding is to accelerate progress and raise attainment.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium funding allocated to schools is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the pupils within their responsibility.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done.
The funding we receive is used in the following ways:
- To provide intervention programmes for pupils.
- To provide early intervention for children in danger of not making expected progress.
- To employ additional support staff to help provide a targeted level of support, particularly in Reading, Writing and Maths.
- To incentivize pupils to reach 95% attendance and achieve good levels of progress.
- To subsidise educational visits and provide children with a wider range of opportunities and experiences. Between September and December 2017, all school visits organised by Vernon Park Primary School will be 50% subsidised for children qualifying for Pupil Premium funding. This will be reviewed and if sustainable will be continued.
- To provide bespoke support for some pupils in times of crisis or need (e.g. payment of breakfast club fees, after school club and Learning Mentor support).
- To provide Forest School sessions led by qualified Forest School practitioner for groups of children.
All matters regarding the use of Pupil Premium funds are treated with discretion and in confidence.
Free School Meal Entitlement
If you are entitled to free school meals, please could you ensure you apply for them, even if your child does not want them. Pupil Premium funding is dependent on families claiming Free School Meals, so it is vital that you do so. Even if you only claim the money for a short period of time, the school will continue to receive the money for the next six years! This funding can have a significant impact on a child’s attainment and it makes a great difference to the funding the school gets each year and, as a consequence, the things we can fund in school.
To complete an application form for Free School Meals please follow the link below:
Further information about the Pupil Premium Grant, please follow the link below:
Please look at our Pupil Premium Strategy below for more a more detailed view of our funding this year.