What is Pupil Premium Funding?
Pupil Premium is additional government funding provided to schools to support particular groups of children. Although schools can determine the ways in which this funding is spent, it must be used to have the greatest impact on reducing or removing barriers to learning for eligible pupils.
The following groups can access Pupil Premium funding:
Children currently entitled to or claiming Free School Meals or those who have claimed in the previous 6 years – Pupil Premium (does not include Universal Free School Meals – see below for more details).
Children who are adopted, in care, or who have been in care in the last 6 years – Pupil Premium Plus.
Children whose parents currently serve in the Armed Forces or have served in the last 5 years – Services Premium.
Children qualify for Pupil Premium funding if you receive any of the following benefits:
Income-based job-seekers’ allowance
Income-related employment and support allowance
Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of state pension credit
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.
From April 2018, these benefits became combined into a single benefit called Universal Credit. Under Universal Credit, Free School Meals and Pupil Premium will only be allocated to pupils with a net annual family income below £7400.
Currently, all children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) qualify for Universal Free School Meals regardless of family income or benefits. Only children who would qualify for Free School Meals under the income-based criteria listed above are eligible for Pupil Premium.
Please tell us if your child qualifies for Free School Meals under the above criteria – even if they bring packed lunch – as they will be eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
2018 – 2019 Funding – £23,720
2019-2020 Funding – £17,120
2020-2021 Funding – £16,415
2021-2022 Funding – £12,380
2022 – 2023 Funding – £11,360
Because of our low numbers of pupils entitled to Pupil Premium Funding, we have tailored our approach to looking at pupils’ needs on an individual basis rather than looking at barriers to learning across the school.
We monitor the needs and impact of our funding annually and in collaboration with parents. We review our strategy at the end of the summer term.
For more information about how the funding was used last year and an outline of our plan for this academic year, please see the Pupil Premium Strategy Report Jan 2022
For more information about how we use Pupil Premium funding at Queniborough, please see our policy and statement:
What is Sports Premium?
The government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sports in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – is allocated to primary school headteachers.
This funding can only be spent on the provision of PE and sports in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sports, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding might include:
• hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE
• supporting and engaging the least active children through new or additional Change4Life clubs
• paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
• providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport
• running sport competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the School Games
• buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport
• providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs
• pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.
Children and young people across the country have experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those from the most vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds will be among those hardest hit. The aggregate impact of lost time in education will be substantial, and the scale of our response must match the scale of the challenge.