If you think your child/ren might qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant please pop into the office
What is it?
The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding that schools receive under current Government regulations. The pupil premium grant is funding provided to schools to help all pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation.
Pupils may be eligible if they:
- are registered for free school meals (PPG not universal free school meals)
- have been registered for free school meals at any point since May 2010
- are, or have been, in care
- have parents in the armed forces
The Grant is used to enrich and support your child’s learning journey in a variety of ways.
Does your child qualify for free school meals?
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-related Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (as long as you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMRC)
- Working Tax Credit run-on
- Universal Credit
In addition, schools must provide free school meals to all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2. This is known as universal infant free school meals.
At Aloeric School, we believe that the highest standards can only be achieved by having the highest expectations of all learners. Some pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds require additional support; therefore, we will use all the re-sources available to help them reach their full potential, including the Pupil Premium grant (PPG).
We believe in maximising the use of the PPG by utilising a long-term strategy aligned to the School Improvement Plan. This enables us to implement a blend of short, medium and long-term interventions, and align Pupil Premium use with wider school improvements and improving readiness to learn.
Overcoming barriers to learning enabling children to reach their full potential is at the heart of our PPG use. We understand that needs and costs will differ depending on the barriers to learning being addressed. As such, we do not automatically allocate personal budgets per pupil in receipt of the PPG. Instead, we identify the barrier to be addressed and the interventions required, whether in small groups, large groups, the whole school or as individuals, and allocate a budget accordingly.
In making provision for PPG pupils, the Governors of the school recognise that not all pupils who are eligible for PPG will be socially disadvantaged or poor attainers. Governors are committed to ensuring that all pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant receive an allocation of funding to further enhance their educational experience and enable them to achieve the best possible outcomes.
We are actively promoting children’s rights whilst working towards our Silver Rights Respecting School Award; this aids the children of Aloeric in understanding their rights and how to protect them. This is crucial to the development of our school as enhancing children’s understanding, social awareness and emotional wellbeing will ensure our children will become responsible citizens within school, local community and the wider world. We support the UN Convention Rights of the Child, Article 28 – that every child has the right to an education and Article 29 – that education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. Please see our Right Respecting Schools Policy for further information.
- To provide additional educational support to raise the achievement of pupils in receipt of the PPG.
- To narrow the gap between the educational achievement of these pupils and their peers.
- To address underlying inequalities, as far as possible, between pupils.
- To ensure that the PPG reaches the pupils who need it most.
- To make a significant impact on the education and lives of these pupils.
- To work in partnership with the parent/carer of pupils to collectively ensure pupils’ success.
Service pupil premium (SPP)
Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. This funding is primarily to help with pastoral support. It can also be used to help improve the academic progress of eligible pupils if schools deem this to be a priority. Schools get £335 in 2023 to 2024 for every pupil with a parent who:
- one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
- they have been registered as a ‘service child’ on a school census since 2016,
- one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme.
What is the Service Pupil Premium?
The Department for Education (DfE) introduced the Service pupil premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from Service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.
State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of Service families in school years reception to year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £335 per Service child who meets the eligibility criteria.
Pupils attract SPP if they meet one of the following criteria:
- one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service)
- they have been registered as a ‘Service child’ on a school census in the past six years, see note on the DfE’s ever 6 Service child measure
- one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
- one of their parents is in the armed forces of another nation and is stationed in England
Children have to be flagged as Service children ahead of the autumn school census deadline. Service parents need to make the school aware of their status by talking to the head teacher or school admin staff.
DfE’s ever 6 service child measure
The premium was extended , such that any pupil in reception to year 11, who has been flagged as a Service child in the last six years, will continue to receive the premium (Ever 6 service child). Please see the ESFA’s pupil premium grant guidance for more information.
Ex Service personnel should tell the school if they left the armed forces within the last six years. Under the DfE’s ever measure, schools will continue to receive SPP for up to six years for children whose parent(s) left the armed forces, provided the children were recorded as Service children in a school census (prior to their parent(s) leaving the forces). The ever measure also applies when Service parents divorce or separate or when a Service parent dies in service.
The purpose of the Service pupil premium
Eligible schools receive the SPP so that they can offer mainly pastoral support during challenging times and to help mitigate the negative impact on Service children of family mobility or parental deployment.
Mobility is when a Service family is posted from one location to another, including overseas and within the UK.
Deployment is when a Service person is serving away from home for a period of time. This could be a 6 to 9-month tour of duty, a training course or an exercise which could last for a few weeks.
How Service pupil premium differs from the pupil premium
The SPP is there for schools to provide mainly pastoral support for Service children, whereas the pupil premium (PP) was introduced to raise attainment and accelerate progress within disadvantaged groups.
Schools should not combine SPP with the main PP funding and the spending of each premium should be accounted for separately.
What could the Service pupil premium be used for?
You can see some examples of what schools are doing in the separate guidance Service pupil premium: examples of best practice.
In order to support the pastoral needs of Service children, schools have flexibility over how they use the SPP, as they are best placed to understand and respond to the specific needs of those pupils for whom the funding has been allocated. The funding could be spent on providing a variety of means of support including counselling provision, nurture groups etc.
Schools might also consider how to improve the level of and means of communication between the child and their deployed parents. Some schools have introduced ‘skype time’ clubs, whilst other schools have helped children to develop scrapbooks and diaries that they can show their parents on their return, highlighting their achievements and day to day school life. In addition, staff hours may be required to support the needs of Service children when they join a new school as a result of a posting or when a parent is deployed, and these hours could be funded by the SPP.
Within schools which experience high levels of Service pupil mobility, Mobility co-ordinators, Forces liaison officers, Parent support advisors etc. have been employed. These posts tend to work closely with the pupils and families when they move into the area or are due to leave. Such staff can also support pupils and families where a parent is deployed.
SPP should not be used to subsidise routine school activity (trips, music lessons etc.). Schools may choose to fund school trips just for Service children, to help them enjoy their time at school and build a sense of a wider community and understanding of the role their service parent plays (e.g. with military specific trips). This is to help them cope with the potential strains of service life.
Children have to be flagged as service children ahead of the autumn school census deadline.
Service parents need to make the school aware of their status by talking to the Head teacher or school admin staff.