The Government pays schools, including Church Lawton School, a pupil premium for every child who is assessed as disadvantaged in order to raise their attainment and close the gap between them and their peers.
If your family’s income makes your child eligible to receive free school meals, we will receive the pupil premium for your child. We will also receive the pupil premium if your child has been looked after continuously for more than six months. We receive a pupil premium for children who have a parent in the Armed Forces, or whose parent died in service.
How can I find out if my child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding?
The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. You can check online using a Free School Meals/Pupil Premium Service. After you've entered the essential details into the website, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate yes or no response, and will notify our school. Alternatively, you can call 0300 123 5012 and we will be able to assist you through this process. All enquires will be treated in confidence.
Children in Reception and KS1 are automatically entitled to a free school lunch. However, registering your child for free meals will entitle them to additional support with the cost of school visits, PTA events and extra-curricular clubs, as well as raising additional funds for the school.
Funding for 2019-2020
In the 2019 to 2020 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 one of the following:
a special guardianship order
a child arrangements order
a residence order.
As a school we must publish details of how we spend the pupil premium funding and the effect this has had on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding on our website.
The Government holds head teachers and school governing bodies accountable for the impact of pupil premium funding in the following ways:
performance tables, which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
requiring schools to publish details online each year of how they are using the pupil premium and the impact it is having on pupil achievement
the Ofsted inspection framework, where inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium.
Year 7 catch-up premium grant
The Government pays a Year 7 catch-up premium grant for each pupil who did not achieve at least level 4 in reading and/or mathematics at Key Stage 2. It is provided to all state-funded schools with a Year 7 cohort, including special schools, alternative provision (AP) settings and pupil referral units (PRUs).
When we receive this grant, we invest it in our teaching of literacy and numeracy to improve our pupils’ performance.
As a school, we must publish details of how we spend the literacy and numeracy catch-up funding and the effect this has on the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding on our website.
How schools can use the literacy and numeracy catch-up funding
Schools should assess the needs of the individual pupils to decide the best way to use the funding. Schools should select programmes and approaches which have either been proved to be effective or are showing early promise. Effective use of funding to support catch-up may include:
individual tuition in addition to classroom teaching
intensive small-group tuition
purchasing external services and materials to add to those provided by the school, for example tutor services or proven computer-based learning or online support
summer or holiday schools to deliver intensive catch-up over a short period.
Primary PE and sport premium
All primary schools in England receive a PE and sport premium as a legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games.
What is PE and sport premium for primary schools?
The PE and sport premium is designed to help primary schools improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils.
Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.
Since September 2013, Ofsted inspections report on how primary schools spend their PE and sport premium funding. Additionally, schools must publish details of how they spend the PE and sport premium funding on the school website.
How to use the PE and sport premium
Schools must spend the funding to improve the quality of the PE and sport activities they offer their pupils, but they are free to choose the best way of using the money.
For example, schools can use the funding to:
hire specialist PE teachers
hire qualified sports coaches to work with teachers
provide existing staff with teaching resources to help them teach PE and sport
support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
run sport competitions or increase pupils’ participation in the school games
run sports activities with other schools.
NASAT Master Funding Agreement provides the framework within which the Trust operates. Each school within the Trust has a separate Supplemental Funding Agreement.