Halfway Junior School received £31,680 in 2015/16 and is currently in receipt of £33,00 in 2016/17, allocated from Pupil Premium funding.
Pupil premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It is allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from lower-income families. Eligibility is based on 3 aspects - those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) in the previous 6 years (since summer 2009) or eligible as of January 2015. Pupils who are looked after and children whose parents are serving service personnel. This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It is based on findings that show 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.
It is important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but parents and families should check to see if they are entitled.
It also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years; children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
At around £1,000 per eligible pupil, this money is for schools to decide how to use in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. The pupil premium has the potential to have a great impact on the attainment, and future life chances of pupils.
Schools can choose to allocate this funding as they wish, which could impact upon a greater quantity of pupils than the Pupil Premium currently funds.
Halfway Junior School have allocated the funding in a variety of ways with the aim being to close the gap in attainment for pupils who receive this funding including:
In addition to these plans school will: