What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools to enable them to support children from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals and looked after children.
Pupil Premium is also made available for pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (‘Ever 6’) and children from families in the Armed Forces.
The intention is that the grant will be used to enable all children to make good or better progress in comparison with their peers – to ‘close the gap’ through whatever means is most effective for individual children.
If you think you are eligible for Free School Meals, you can apply online. If your child is eligible, the school can receive extra government grant funding known as the 'Pupil Premium'. This additional funding can then be used by schools to help provide good quality education and support. Alternatively, you can request a paper copy of the application form from the school office.
The spending and impact of this grant are monitored by a named Governor, Anne Cozens who reports to the Curriculum and Learning Committee.
Objectives in spending Pupil Premium funding at Handcross Primary School
- to raise attainment in key skills, in particular, reading, writing and maths
- to address any gaps in learning due to COVID-19
- to focus on early intervention
- to enhance the curriculum, and to ensure that all children are able to participate
- to aid inclusion and support each child's well being
- to break down barriers to learning such as emotional issues due to COVID-19, low self-esteem or anxiety