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Pupil Premium Strategy

What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. Funding is allocated for pupils who:

  • receive Free School Meals (any child who has received FSM during past six years)
  • have parents in the armed forces (Service Children)
  • are ‘Looked After Children’ (LAC)
  • are adopted from care.

Principles:

The Staff and Governors of Godmanchester Community Education Trust are committed to ensuring provision is made which enables the accelerated progress in English and Maths of those pupils who benefit from the Pupil Premium.

Aims of provision:

  • To ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils.
  • To ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • To address the main barriers to educational achievement for Pupil Premium pupils.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.

The main barriers to educational achievement that Pupil Premium pupils in our school face are:

  • Poor attendance and increased number of broken weeks.
  • Lack of parental engagement and support for home learning.
  • Low attainment in English and Maths.
  • Lack of funding for school trips and residential trips.
  • Ensuring pupils have regular meals and a balanced diet.
  • Poor social skills.

In order to address these barriers, we will spend our Pupil Premium funding in the following ways:

  • Provision of a Pupil Premium Leader who is responsible for tracking the progress, monitoring the provision provided and evaluating the impact of interventions of children who benefit from Pupil Premium funding.
  • 1 to 1 and small group interventions to raise attainment in English and Maths.
  • The Inclusion and Safeguarding Manager tracks attendance and provides support in this area.
  • Provision of a breakfast club.
  • Provision of a designated adult for each child to support social skills and learning.
  • Support home learning by providing a weekly homework club to support children.
  • Provision of enrichment opportunities for pupils.
  • Provision of support to meet the social and wellbeing needs of our pupils.

Impact will be measured by:

  • Progress and attainment data for academic year 2017-18
  • Teacher/TA observations
  • Case studies
  • Attendance data

Review date: July 2018

How can I apply?

Applying for Pupil Premium Funding will help us help your child. Your child could be eligible for free school meals if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

If your child(ren) is/are already on FSM at their primary school this will automatically renew when moving to Year 7 – parents do not need to reapply. The current claim is automatically transferred to the new school they are starting in September (unless this is outside of Cambridgeshire in which case parents need to apply to the relevant local council). Further information is available below.

If you think you are eligible please speak to the school office or fill in the online form at: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals (The form is also available below).