Pupil Premium Grant is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to diminish the difference between them and their peers.
Students receive Pupil Premium if they are in receipt of Free School Meals or have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years, classed as Ever 6. Hartford Junior School also receives an enhanced premium for Looked After Children (those who have been in care or adopted) this is now known as Pupil Premium Plus. The Service Premium is a smaller fund available to assist the school to provide pastoral care to the children of armed forces personnel.
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, in the best way to benefit their students.
Your child may be eligible for Free School Meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits: Income support, Income-based jobseekers’ allowance, Income-related employment and support allowance, Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less.
Parents can apply simply by providing the Head Teacher with their National Insurance number, no form to complete. Please contact us for more information and advice. Alternatively you can apply online at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
The amount of money schools receive to support children eligible for the Pupil Premium has been steadily rising and the school now receives £1,320 per eligible child for 2018-19.
Hartford Junior School also receives an enhanced premium for Looked After Children (those who have been in care or adopted) which is known as Pupil Premium Plus. Additionally, the Service Premium is a smaller fund available to assist the school to provide pastoral care to the children of armed forces personnel.
While we are free to spend the Pupil Premium as we see fit, we must be accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
At Hartford Junior School, Pupil Premium funding is used in a variety of ways to best support pupils' learning and wellbeing. The school employs a range of specialist support staff who are trained in mental health and wellbeing strategies. We also ensure each child on the Pupil Premium register is allocated a 1:1 mentor, who meets with them regularly to support them in any way they may need - be that academic or pastoral.