The allocation of Pupil Premium Funding
at Hartsfield School
Pupil Premium is additional funding from the Government to support pupils facing challenges to do their very best at school. These pupils might be from families with lower incomes, families facing unemployment or pupils who have been 'looked after'. This funding can provide meals at lunchtime if the parent(s) wish, but also currently means that the school is given additional money for those eligible children to support their learning or development needs and to diminish differences. If parents have been awarded Pupil Premium we continue to be allocated funding to support their child for six years even if they become no longer eligible for free school meals (say for example, a parent starts a new job). This is called "Ever 6". For pupils who have been adopted from Local Authority care we receive funding at a higher rate which is called "Pupil Premium Plus" as it is recognised that these pupils may well have a higher level of needs. Currently pupil premium is £1320 per pupil and £2300 for pupil premium plus pupils.
Although the Department for Education inform us that it is up to the school to decide how Pupil Premium is used, we are very open to discussions with and suggestions from parents as to how we spend this funding for each child who is eligible. We ask that parents have a confidential conversation with the Headteacher, Mrs Smith, e.g. if they would like the money to support school trips. Research tell us that sometimes these pupils do not make the same good progress as their peers- we do all we can to prevent this and monitor this carefully. We will put actions into place at school to support your children (see our action plan) but would like parent imput on this. Ask us: Are my children/Is my child making as much progress as their peers? If the answer is 'no' then we all need to talk and make plans to improve this.
We always aim to be entirely confidential as to which children are in receipt of pupil premium and staff are only aware on a “need to know” basis. We respect your privacy. We use the funding to raise attainment and maximise progress for pupils and to support their emotional, social and individual needs.