Pupil Premium 2017/2018
Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding that is given to us by the government to support children who may be vulnerable to under-achievement. The amount we receive is based on the number of children that we have who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) or who are ‘Children in Care’ (CIC). We receive the equivalent of £1320 for every child who is currently in receipt of Free School Meals plus some additional funding that is based on the number of children who have had Free School Meals in the past 6 years but are no longer eligible. As a school, we have a responsibility to report on the progress of children receiving pupil premium; demonstrate how we are using the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) and the impact that it is having on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
To ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds (FSM/CIC) are able to make the same progress as, or better progress, than their peers.
In the academic year 2017/18 our Pupil Premium Funding will be approximately £120,000.00
At Horizon we use this pupil premium money to fund some important roles within our school. These roles are focused on raising academic standards especially in English and Mathematics as well as supporting children’s emotional and behavioural needs to enable children to learn more effectively. We also use the money to fund some services so that we can offer our children and their families support far more quickly and without the long delays and paperwork that can occur when we refer to other agencies. A more in-depth breakdown of how we will spend our Pupil Premium Grant this year is below.
Key Barriers to Educational Achievement for Pupil Premium Pupils at Horizon Primary Academy School.
The main barriers to education achievement at Horizon Primary Academy are:
Children joining the school with low entry levels in language and communication.
Engaging parents who may be reticent to work with the school and other internal/external agencies.
Pupil motivation to learn due to low emotional wellbeing, behaviour, learning styles and limited life experiences.
Families receiving support from Early help and other agencies may have challenging attendance patterns.
The strategy will be reviewed within the termly Pupil Progress meetings that will take place on the following dates:
Thursday 12th October 2017
Tuesday 19th December 2017
Thursday 8th February 2018
Monday 26th March 2018
Thursday 24th May 2018
Wednesday 11th July 2018
In our strategy document are details of how we are planning to spend the Pupil Premium this year. These decisions are driven by the needs of the children in the school and utilise our experience.
Parents can check eligibility for free school meals through Kent County Councils ‘Education and Children’ service http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children and, if eligible, also gain welcome additional funding for their child’s school, known as ‘Pupil Premium’. If eligible, you are not obliged to accept the free school meals for your child if you wish to make other arrangements, but we do want to encourage applications as the additional funding gained would still benefit education provision at the school.
After entering essential details into the website, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify the school.
This system is being provided to encourage parents to apply and take advantage of free school meals while at the same time increasing the benefit to schools from Pupil Premium funding, a substantial amount of which does not reach schools because not all parents who are eligible apply for free meals for their child.
As the government has now introduced free school meals for all children in Key Stage 1, it is more important than ever for schools to know the number of pupils for whom they can claim Pupil Premium funding. These funds enable schools to take on additional staff and invest in additional equipment, resources and activities to the benefit all children.
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