Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium at The Acorns Primary and Nursery School 

 

What is Pupil Premium?  

This funding is to provide additional support to pupils who are: entitled to or who have been entitled to Free School Meals in the last 6 years; those who are ‘Looked After’ by the Local Authority; those that have been adopted; or those who are ‘Service Children’.  

The aim of the funding is to ensure that each child’s attainment is maximised and their educational experience enhanced.  

Funding 2017/18

In the 2017 to 2018 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
  • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

  • adoption
  • a special guardianship order
  • a child arrangements order
  • a residence order

ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS AND PUPIL PREMIUM

You may qualify if you are a parent, guardian or carer and receive one of the following:

  • Income Support (IS) or you are a pupil receiving the benefit in your own right
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or
  • Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

YOU CAN CHECK IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE ONLINE HERE

OR GET IN TOUCH WITH BENEFITS INFORMATION

  • Email: Benefits@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 0300 123 7021, Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm
  • By post: Revenues and Benefits Department, PO Box 187, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH34 9DB

If your child may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please register them; even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean our school could still claim Pupil Premium Funding that can be used to help your child's education.

 

How does The Acorns Primary School spend the Pupil Premium Grant?  

Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. Schools are required to report to parents how they have spent the money allocated. It is important to remember that not all children who are allocated Pupil Premium funding will receive support at the same time. The school’s Pupil Premium Grant in 2015-2016 was £211,500, in 2016- 2017 this is approximately £196,000 and this yeat £182,000. We recognise that not all pupils who receive Free School Meals are socially disadvantaged; we also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered for or qualify for Free School Meals. We allocate the Pupil Premium Grant to support any pupils who are eligible along with those that the school has identified as being socially disadvantaged.  

 

What are our pupils’ main barriers to educational achievement?  

  • Some of our pupils have had events in their lives that mean that they are not always ready to focus upon their learning.  
  • A number of pupils display specific learning difficulties such as dyslexic traits so struggle to: record their learning, remember things and organise themselves.  

  • Many of our children struggle to communicate effectively due to speech and language needs.  

  • Some of our children have not had a variety of rich experiences from which they can draw upon when learning.  

 

How is Pupil Premium used to support pupils at The Acorns Primary and Nursery School?  

The Pupil Premium Grant has enabled us to continue to develop and provide high levels of additional support for pupils. We have used the grant in a variety of ways over the years including: 

  • Two full time Family Liaison Officers supporting children and families  
  • Additional teacher to develop key skills in Y2 and writing across the curriculum in Y5 and Y6 

  • A full time, qualified speech and language therapist to work with specific children  

  • Additional initiatives and rewards to encourage attendance and support families 

  • Subsidising residential visits, clubs, curriculum trips and visitors to enrich our children’s lives 

  • Creative Action Therapy for emotional wellbeing

  • Subsidising before and after school care

  • Additional TAs to support teaching and learning and for specific intervention 

  • Reading Recovery Teacher to work with children to improve reading and writing and enhance staff training 

  • A tutor for pupils with EAL  

  • Subsidising music tuition and a trip to the Bridgewater Hall to perform with the Halle 

  • Subsidising before and after school club to ensure the cost is reduced for parents 

  • Provide holiday clubs  

  • CPD for staff with a focus on English (predominantly the Primary Writing Project)  

  • Moderation and advice from consultants in English and maths

  • Developing the outside environment to provide increased learning opportunities  

What is the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)? 

The EYPP is for children from low income families (defined as meeting the criteria for free school meals); children that have been looked after by the local authority for at least one day; have been adopted from care; have left care through special guardianship; and children subject to a child arrangement order setting out with whom the child is to live (formerly known as residence orders). 

High quality early education makes a difference to children’s academic attainment. This funding aims to give children the best start to their education.  

 

How does The Acorns Nursery use EYPP? 

We have used EYPP in a variety of ways, focused on individual needs of our children including: 

  • Resources to develop speaking and listening, promote reading especially for boys, encourage gross and fine motor control, develop an understanding of number 

  • Interventions to help with speaking and listening (such as Elklan)and fine motor control 

  • Electronic equipment such as talking clipboards to support learning 

 

Our Pupil Premium Leader, Mrs K Cairns, along with the Governors, will publish information annually on how the Pupil Premium Grant has been spent (see documents below) to ensure that all our children can be the best they can be.  Governors review the strategy during School Improvement Committee meetings, and our Pupil Premium Governor, Mrs Berry, meets with Mrs Cairns at least twice a year. 

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The Acorns Primary and Nursery School

Pooltown Road
Ellesmere Port
CH65 7ED

Main Contact: Mrs H. Mansfield, Executive Head Teacher

Tel: 0151 355 1546
head@acornswhitleyfed.cheshire.sch.uk

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