The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
At our school, Pupil Premium is used in a variety of ways, including subsidising enrichment opportunities, providing additional support in English and Maths, purchasing specific resources, identified as supporting the individual children being targeted with this funding, supporting the development of adult and child partnership literacy skills.
Is your child eligible for extra funding?
Your child may be entitled to some extra funding which can help them get the most out of school. The money can be used in many ways:
• To provide extra Learning Support Assistants to help children improve their academic potential, especially in Maths and English, and also their social and communication skills.
• To provide extra resources, eg ICT
• To help with the costs of activities such as residential experiences (eg. to the Isle of Wight), trips and visits or joining a school club
You can apply for this Pupil Premium funding whatever age your child. (It is also called Free School Meal funding as it helps pay for your child’s FSM in KS2). If you think that your income is low and you receive any of the benefits listed below, please apply:
• Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
• 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 Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Just follow the link and apply online or fill in the attached form.
Or you can download the form below and send it or get a form from school. Do let the office staff know if you need assistance.https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/free-school-meals/#how-to-apply_tab
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