Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium Funding 2017-2018

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils from low-income families, Looked After Children and those from Armed Forces families. This is because the DfE have recognised that good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances.

The Pupil Premium uses additional resources from outside the School’s Budget to address inequalities and support the learning and personal development of the most vulnerable children. The DfE have stated that schools have the right to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.

Pupil Premium at Joydens Wood Infant School

As a high achieving school set within the context of a deprivation indicator that is below the national, there is the potential challenge that less advantaged pupils do not have the same starting point, experiences or support as their peers.  Recognising some of these differences, we are very clear in our vision that, whilst learning is essential to expenditure, providing a wide range of experiences (such as music and sports), along with promoting well-being, are integral to opportunity and entitlement

At Joydens Wood Infant School we work to enable every child to thrive and succeed. Our pastoral care and rigorous monitoring and tracking of all pupils helps us to identify any pupils who are at risk of not making sufficient progress and have helped us to plan and implement good intervention strategies.

The main barriers to learning for our Pupil Premium children are home lives which require support from external agencies and persistent absenteeism.

With smaller numbers of Pupil Premium eligible pupils, value for money is central to sustained improvements. Our school improvement planning includes clear systems to ensure that any additional funding will impact on children entitled to Pupil Premium. Our Pupil Premium Strategy sets out the evidence base used in making decisions on additional intervention strategies that will be put in place and how they will be evaluated.

 How can parents and carers contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium scheme?

Parental support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. If you would like help or advice in supporting your child, Mrs Adams (Family Engagement Leader) is contactable by phone or via the school’s website and runs termly Parent Forums. Alternatively, you can always ask your class teacher or email info@joydens-wood-infants.kent.sch.uk for more information.

As a parent or carer of a child who is entitled to Pupil Premium, termly Parent – teacher consultations will provide a good opportunity to review children’s progress and the intervention strategies that have been used.

If your child is part of the Universal Free School Meals, it is worth registering them, even if they are not going to have a school lunch.  It will have a direct impact on the funding the school receives and will maximise the support we can provide.

Parents can register their child for Free School Meals if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit

Please use the link on the left to apply online or contact the school office for support/information.

Pupil Premium Objectives 2017 – 2018

1. For children receiving Pupil Premium funding to make accelerated progress in all curriculum areas
2. To ensure that attendance of children receiving Pupil Premium funding is in line or above other children
3. To ensure that all children can access extra-curricular and curriculum enrichment activities
4. To raise attainment of children entitled to the Pupil Premium funding in Reading, Writing and Mathematics
5. To improve social and emotional involvement and well-being of children who are entitled to receive the Pupil Premium funding