Pupil Premium

Pupil premium is a funding initiative designed to provide support for children from low income families to ensure they make good progress and achieve their expected attainment. It is allocated to enable the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their more economically advantaged peers to be narrowed. Pupil Premium Funding is to be used to put in place strategies which help raise the attainment of schools’ most vulnerable children diminishing the differences between them and other pupils.

There are three categories of children that qualify for pupil premium funding:

  • children who are currently eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been in receipt of FSM at any point in the last 6 years,
  • children who have been looked after by Social Care continuously for more than 6 months and
  • children of those employed in the armed forces.

Do you qualify?

Your child will be eligible for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium if you receive any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual gross income into the household that is no more than £16,190 provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit. If you are entitled to any part of Working Tax Credit, there is no eligibility with the exception of working tax run-on as shown below.
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
  • Universal Credit

At Girnhill Infant School, the Pupil Premium grant is spent in a specific way to ensure entitled pupils receive additional support and use of facilities in the hope of ensuring these pupils achieve their expected attainment. We use a range of strategies to support children, an example of these may be through:

  • Quality First Wave Teaching;
  • Well planned, tailored intervention groups to develop the welfare of our pupils;
  • Additional teaching assistant directed time
  • Use of our highly skilled Learning Mentor to promote good attendance and develop social and emotional skills;
  • Pastoral support and time provided for additional reading, maths, and language/communication skills to be developed.

If you think your child may eligible to receive this additional funding and support but are not sure whether the school are aware of this, please speak in confidence to any member of the school office. Alternatively, please complete the appropriate form which can be found below.