The Government is giving extra funding called ‘Pupil Premium’ to schools, this is to help children from lower income families do their very best. For every child registered for Free School Meals, funding is currently at £935 per child. With this money we can continue to improve our students' learning experience and achievement.
Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in our school don't miss out on this vital funding. Registering to check you're entitled to Free School Meals s quick and easy:
http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Childrens_services/Schools/School_meals_and_milk/NCC153920 - further information and access to support regarding free school meals
http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/view/NCC067241 - link to Norfolk free school meals application forms
Once you are registered, your child will be entitled to a free meal at lunchtime and we will receive extra income to further support our students’ education. If you would prefer your child to not have the school meals, they are welcome to continue as normal, however, providing you're registered, we will still receive the extra funding.
In April 2011, the Government announced the launch of Pupil Premium Grant (PPG). The purpose of this funding to schools is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is paid by means of a specific grant based on school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for Free School Meals from reception to Year 11. This entitlement has now been extended to the “Ever6” (been entitled to a Free School Meals at some point over the past 6 years). For looked after children the pupil premium was calculated using the Looked After Children data returns. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well‐being of these pupils. A Top Up grant has been added for pupils coming into year 7 who did not reach L4 in either reading or mathematics by the end of year 6, additional funding is also available for summer school to support transition of prior lower attainers into secondary school.
The attainment gap between pupils from lower income backgrounds and their more affluent peers is well documented through all stages of education. Students who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. The government therefore believes that making additional funds available to schools will give the poorest children who achieve less well a better start in life.
For 2016 ‐17 the funding rate will be £935 for each eligible secondary‐aged pupil and £300 for service children. The government have also introduced a higher rate of £1900 for Children in Care. This funding is applied for separately and is specifically allocated to the needs of these students as set out in their Personal Education Plans.
|Year||Total number of students||Number of non PP students||Number of PP students||% of PP students||Pupil Premium Funding|
Schools are free to spend the money as they believe is most appropriate to assist the groups of students identified. It is understood that schools are best‐placed to identify what will work better for the students within their care, where different strategies might be more effective than others. However, we are accountable for how we have decided to spend the additional funding and for how effective our plans have been to help the groups of students achieve.
The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational support to improve the progress and to raise the standard of achievement for these pupils. The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers locally and nationally. As far as its powers allow the school will use additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupils Premium and others. We will aim to ensure that the funding benefits the pupils who need it most so that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.
|Pupil Premium allocation 2015-16||Income||Planned Expense||Additional Expenditure|
|Ever funding 1/9/15-31/3/16||£79,943.00|
|Forecast 1/4/16-31/8/16||£26, 647.00|
|Year 7 Catch Up Premium (31/3/16)||£7,000.00|
|Catch Up programmes||£7,000.00|
|Careers advice Guidance support||
|Learning mentor support||
|In Class Support||
|Total Planned Expenses||
|Ext Intervention schooling/mentoring/counselling||£29,379.59|
|Total spend||115, 244.90|
The Department for Education (DfE) provided additional funding for all students in Year 7 from 2012 onwards, who achieved below their age-related expectations at the end of KS2. This additional funding is to beused by schools/academies to provide literacy and numeracy catch-up support for Year 7 students. It is designed to help students catch up as quickly as possible.
|Total number of students eligible for catch-up premium funding||15 : 2015-16
16 : 2016-17
At Stalham the Catch Up funding is being used to work towards achieving the following aims:
Deployment of Funding
Specifically this has involved targeting individual literacy and numeracy needs through specialist-led interventions over 30 weeks provided in either 1:1 or small groups to support the development of a range of skills including: fine and gross motor skills development; letter and number recognition, writing sentences; organising ideas in writing; and, early literacy. Typically, interventions might involve 2-3 hours per week for each student divided into 6-8 week blocks. Of the total funding, £5000 is set aside specifically for the teaching hours for intervention at an average hourly rate while resources account for the remainder including specific catchup scheme books, packs or apparatus. Funding can also be allocated for enrichment activities such as library projects or author visits to improve creative writing and confidence.
Impact of Funding
We intend to further develop and build upon current successes through the Literacy and Numeracy Intervention provisions by targeted spending on teaching time and resources.