Pupil Premium funding is given to schools in addition to main school funding. Schools have the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium in any way they think will best support the raising of attainment in English and Maths for the most disadvantaged pupils.
Pupil Premium funds are not ring fenced, it is not distributed on a child by child basis and the school has full autonomy on how they chose to spend the money. Therefore, Pupil Premium funds can be used on a variety of interventions personalised to the needs of pupils.
The interventions that Arunside School put in place are allocated after looking at the gap(s) our students currently have and aim to put in place, procedures, protocols and practices that range from help with the cost of trips and other educational essentials to providing one to one tuition with a specialist Tutor.
All of our interventions are evidence informed. They are based on key research documents such as The Sutton Trust. Each year we review the impact of how the Pupil Premium grant was spent. The amount spent is cross referenced against attainment.
Looking forward to this academic year, Arunside School are planning to increase small group work and one to one tuition in literacy and especially numeracy, building on the prior attainment these vulnerable students have when they join us at any stage in their primary education. There are also plans to develop further the quality first teaching that these disadvantaged students receive. The big push for this year is the drive to increase attendance of this cohort of students. Children who have parents in the armed forces are also supported through Pupil Premium.
All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received, how this is being used, and the impact of any work done. Our total funding for the 2020/21 Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is £91425.
As a School, we get this extra funding based on the number of pupil who are registered for free school meals. This extra money could make a real difference to the quality of education we offer. Find out how you can help us get this extra funding for Arunside school by reading the document below:
Please find our Pupil Premium reports below:
For more general information regarding Pupil Premium funding for schools, you can read more here on the government website.
PE and Sports Premium
In addition to Pupil Premium, the government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for academic years up to 2020 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools.
This funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport.
The funding must be used to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sports provision. Please find below our report on how we plan to spend this year’s allocation, and detailed reports on how the grant has been spent in previous years and the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils for whom the funding was allocated:
For more general information regarding PE and Sports Premium funding for primary schools, you can read more here on the government website.
Free school meals (FSM)
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190
Registering for free meals could also raise an extra £1,320 for Arunside School to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.
This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the benefits listed above.
Even if your child is in KS1 (Reception to year 2) they will still qualify for this and this would mean that they qualify for extra funding and also free milk if wanted.
If you are unsure if you qualify then please check on the SchoolGateway app or come into the school office and speak to Mrs Sims in confidence. Alternatively, you may like to contact West Sussex County Council about your eligibility and this can be done through the following link, which also provides access to the FSM application form:
The Universal Credit roll-out is currently expected to complete in March 2022.