The Pupil Premium provides additional government funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families.
From September 2022, the premium will be worth £1,385 for primary-aged pupils and goes to pupils who at any point in the past six years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM); with £2,410 going to any pupil who has been continuously looked after for the past six months or who has been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who has left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order. Finally £320 goes to pupils whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools being accountable for the impact of the money spent. At Rawdon St. Peter’s we pride ourselves on utilising the Pupil Premium to support our pupils with a specific focus on raising standards in English and Maths, and also promoting pupils wellbeing.
Claiming for FSM
In Leeds, when a Housing/Council Tax Benefit form is completed, this automatically entitles child(ren) in the family to receive free school meals. The Council inform the school of the child’s entitlement to free school meals.
Parents in receipt of Child Tax Credit are required to complete a free school meal application form, and it is vital that the application form is completed to allow additional funding to be released to the school.
How will the impact of the spending of the Pupil Premium be measured?
To monitor progress on attainment, new measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. At Rawdon St. Peter’s, our cycle of assessment, monitoring and tracking of all children, including all vulnerable groups, enables the senior leadership team to identify any specific individual/group needs, so that support and appropriate intervention can be put into place promptly.