What is the Pupil Premium?
The Government introduced pupil premium funding in April 2011 and this is additional to main school funding. The Government believes that it is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Eligibility for the Pupil Premium will remain for pupils who have been eligible FSM at any point in the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6' FSM).
A premium is also in place for children in care, those children adopted from care - Looked After Children (LAC), as well as for those children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces, or have done so at any point in the last 5 years (Ever 5 SFP; Service Family Premium).
The service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils and to ensure successful continuity of education if service families move frequently. The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools provide targeted support for vulnerable children – not necessarily just the pupils who qualify for FSM.
“It is for schools to 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.” (DFE website)
How much is the pupil premium funding?
- Ever 6 FSM: the funding is £1,455 per pupil*
- Service Family Premium: The funding is £335 per pupil*
- LAC/Post LAC: The funding is £2,530 per pupil*
*As of 01/04/2023
The school has a small proportion of children who are eligible for the Pupil Premium and a slightly larger group eligible for the Premium for Service Children. We are committed to ensuring all our children make the best possible progress and we track the progress of every child on a regular basis throughout the academic year. We also seek out other vulnerable groups of children to make sure that we are supporting them in the best possible way. Our aim is for all children to make the best possible progress with us.
Our staffing structure allows children to learn in a class where there is a teacher and member of support staff who work together to support and challenge all abilities of children. Our children are familiar with working with a number of different adults and, with this level of flexibility, we can support vulnerable children when they need additional care. When we review children's progress, we identify vulnerable groups and the Headteacher provides an annual report to the Curriculum & Standards Committee on the progress made by vulnerable groups, including FSM and Service Children.
The Pupil Premium has allowed us to continue and extend our high levels of classroom support so that we can accurately assess and monitor children's progress and give more support when required.
Guidance on the use of Pupil Premium Funding
Please find below a link to the document detailing guidance on how the school will use pupil premium funding to support families.
Free school meals
At Barton Stacey, we are able to offer all pupils a freshly cooked lunch (there is a charge for pupils in Key Stage 2 who are not eligible for free school meals). It is very important that pupils are registered as eligible for free school meals as this will ensure your child and the school will receive additional educational funding. If you would like further information or advice, please speak to the office staff or Mr Stangrpp, in confidence.
Who is eligible for Free School Meals?
- Children from families in receipt of the following are eligible for FSM:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
You can self-check your eligibility by going to Hampshire County Council Website - click here.