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Pupil premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between disadvantaged children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The extra funding is between £300 and £1,900 per pupil depending on their category.  The Pupil Premium Grant is paid to the school for us to use to significantly enhance the learning experiences of our most vulnerable students. The funding is expected to be used not only those students eligible for Free School Meals but all pupils in the following categories:

  1. FSM: Those students who are registered for Free School Meals
  2. Ever 6 FSM: Those pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
  3. Ever 5 service child means a pupil recorded in the January 2015 school census who was eligible for the service child premium in any of the previous 4 years (ie since the January 2011 school census) as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2015 school census. 
  4. LAC (Looked After Children): Those students who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
  5. Post-LAC: This was a new category introduced last year.

Pupil Premium Plus is paid to support both LAC and post-LAC children. The post-LAC category includes those pupils who were looked after before being adopted or were placed on a Special Guardianship or Residence Order immediately after being looked after (known as post-LAC). This applies to all adopted children.

The Pupil Premium for 2019-20 will include pupils on the January 2019 School Census known to have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) in any of the previous six years, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2019. The Pupil Premium for 2019-2020 will include those pupils recorded on the January 2019 School Census who were looked after immediately before being adopted on or after 30 December 2006, or were placed on a Special Guardianship or Residence Order immediately after being looked after. For the purposes of these grant conditions, “Ever 6 Service Child” means a pupil recorded on the January 2019 census who was eligible for the Service Child premium since January 2014 as well as those recorded as a Service Child for the first time on the January 2019 school census. 

For information including the guidelines published by the Government on how the Pupil Premium can be allocated please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings

Vision

We believe that the pupil premium focus is one of the best ways for us to address current inequalities by ensuring that funding, to tackle disadvantage, reaches the students who need it most. It provides the college with additional resources which we are using to address inequalities in the system and raise the attainment of those students from low income families who receive free school meals (FSM). We also believe that it is essential that children who are eligible are registered.

What to do if you think your child may be eligible for extra funding?

We urge parents of eligible children to register as soon as possible using the link: www.leicestershire.gov.uk or Direct.gov.uk - apply for free school meals, please register even if you do not intend to take advantage of a free meal at school.

The current daily allowance for a free school is £2.45. This can be used at either break or lunch time. 

Rationale

There is clear evidence (at a national level) that young people from the poorest families are less likely to leave school with five good GCSEs compared to their less deprived classmates. At a national level, only 55.9% of 11 year olds (eligible for free school meals) achieve their expected level compared with 77.2% for non free school meals.

At Ibstock Community College we carefully track the progress and attainment of this vulnerable group and we target underachievement through effective deployment of resources. The DfE provides funding for FSM, Pupil Catchup Premium (those students that enter KS3 below level 4 – see website) and for children in care (CIC).

Further Information

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-conditions-of-grant-2018-to-2019/pupil-premium-2018-to-2019-conditions-of-grant

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium/service-pupil-premium-what-you-need-to-know