What is Pupil Premium funding?
Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families - this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)- as well as Looked after Children, children adopted from care and children of parents serving in the armed forces. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure). It is based on findings that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible.
How does Pupil Premium benefit my child?
Its purpose is to accelerate the progress and raise the attainment of those children who are vulnerable to underachievement. At around £1,320 per eligible pupil, this money is for schools to decide how to use in order to improve the educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. Pupil premium funding has the potential to have a great impact on the attainment and future life chances of pupils.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” Source - DfE website
Pupil Premium at Clowne Junior School
At Clowne Junior School, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and foster an ethos of success and happiness for ALL children. As a staff, we are determined and dedicated to ensuring our children are given every chance to realise their full potential and Pupil Premium funding, along with allocations made from the school's budget, will help maximize the potential and achievements of our pupils.
Below you will find just some of the ways we support our pupils. You may also find reading our toolkit useful. The school's 'Pupil Premium Toolkit' is used to ensure our children are supported, not only through quality first teaching and structured and meaningful intervention, but through pastoral care and wider strategies too. School staff may wish to use some/all of the toolkit's suggestions depending on the needs of the child and their barriers to learning. Below you will also find a link to our current Pupil Premium Strategy Statement which outlines the intended outcomes for the funding as well as the rationale behind those objectives.
Pupil Premium Eligibility
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- 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 Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
The link below will take you to Derbyshire County Council's FSM application page where you can check your eligibility for receiving free school meals.
If your circumstances have changed and you have recently become eligible for Free School Meals, please contact the school office in order to inform us and maintain our records.
Previous Strategy Statements
Due to the Covid 19 national lockdown, the Pupil Premium strategy for 2019-2020 was unable to be completed. Actions from the previous strategy that had not been completed during the academic year prior to the lockdown have been continued within the current strategy statement. Pupil Premium funding allocated for the academic year 2019-2020 however was used to fund home learning support for our disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils to ensure both education and well-being was maintained remotely. This included IT provision for home, learning resources and rigorous pastoral care.