The Pupil Premium grant was established by the last government with the aim of raising the achievement of children classed as ‘disadvantaged’. The research evidence suggests that there is a direct relationship between children’s achievement academically and their level of disadvantage. The grant is used to try to improve the rate of progress of disadvantaged children in line with other pupils.
This is often described as ‘Closing the Gap’. The grant is paid to schools for children who are or who have been eligible for Free School Meals within the last six years, and for children who are looked after by the Local Authority.
This year Cherry Lane will receive £1,320 for each pupil eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the last six years. ‘Looked After’ children are funded at the higher level of £1,900.
Cherry Lane Primary School serves a community that is subject to social and economic disadvantage and as such our Pupil Premium allocation for 2016/17 is £295,020.
Since September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 have been offered free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium funding. It also means that this money will be used to provide additional educational support for your own child.