St. Anne’s receives Pupil Premium funding from the Government. The amount given is based on the number of children receiving free school meals and all schools need to demonstrate that this funding is being used to improve performance.
We urge parents to register their children for free school meals if they are entitled to them. We can still claim pupil premium funding even if children prefer to bring a packed lunch to school or are receiving a free lunch because they are in EYFS or Key Stage 1.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The amount awarded depends on the number of children registered as eligible for free school meals resulting in schools receiving varying amounts. As a result, some schools receive a high amount of Pupil Premium and are able to finance new ventures and provide more assistance than others.
Pupil Premium was first awarded by the Government in 2011/12. There is also a smaller amount given according to the number of children in Armed Forces families*.
Awards per child were as follows:
2011/12 – £488 per child eligible for FSM
2012/13 – £623 per child eligible for FSM
2013/14 – £900 per child eligible for FSM
2014/15 – £1300 per child eligible for FSM
2015/16- £1320 per child eligible for FSM PPG-Action-Plan-2015.16
The school is also awarded £600 for every child who comes from an Armed Forces family.
Pupil Premium must be used to assist disadvantaged children and St. Anne’s have used some of the funding to help finance a Teacher and Teaching Assistants to enable work with small groups to raise attainment. Some funding has also been used towards partial funding for children in receipt of free school meals in Year 6 to attend a trip to Derwent Hill. Pupil Premium also enabled the school to run a Breakfast Club on a trial basis.
*The above Table includes Pupil Premium and Armed Forces funding.