What is Pupil Premium
Introduced in April 2011, the pupil premium is allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM) and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. The level of premium for 2013-14 is £900 per primary pupil, rising to £1300 per pupil for 2014-15. Secondary FSM ‘Ever 6’ attract a premium of £900 rising to £935 in 2014-15.
Attainment gaps between pupils from deprived backgrounds and their more affluent peers persist through all stages of education, including entry into higher education. The highest early achievers from deprived backgrounds are overtaken by lower achieving children from advantaged backgrounds by age seven. The gap widens further during secondary education and persists into higher education. The likelihood of a pupil eligible for FSM achieving five or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics is less than one third of a non-FSM pupil. A pupil from a non-deprived background is more than twice as likely to go on to study at university as their deprived peer.
Pupil Premium at Great Wyrley
It is for schools to decide how the pupil premium allocated to their school is spent. Schools will be held accountable for their use of the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the impact this has on educational attainment. School performance tables now include a ‘Narrowing the Gap’ measure showing how disadvantaged children perform in each school.
Free School Meals
The way in which parents apply for Free School Meals in Staffordshire has changed. In order to apply for Free School Meals (for the first time) you must now complete the application online by clicking here. Once completed, Staffordshire County Council will check your information and based on the information you provide, give you an immediate answer. You will also have the opportunity to print a confirmation, if you wish, to provide to the school to start receiving meals as soon as possible.
Staffordshire County Council will also make regular checks using the same information you have provided to confirm your ongoing entitlement, you need do nothing further, apart from notify Staffordshire County Council and the school if any details change, for example you move address or no longer receive the qualifying benefit.