The Government introduced the Pupil Premium in April 2011, as a way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. The funding is paid directly to schools who then decide the best way to spend the money.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are either currently eligible for FSM or have been eligible for FSM in the past six years. It is also allocated to children who have been looked after by a local authority (in care) at any point in their lives.
At Peasedown St John Primary School, 25% of our pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium. We have a higher percentage of pupils eligible for free school meals than the national average (School- 18%, National-14%).
In September 2014, the Government introduced 'Universal Free School Meals' for all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However, it is important that parents/carers of children in these year groups still apply (through completing a very short form!) for free school meals if they think that they may be eligible, so that the school receives pupil premium for them.
At Peasedown St John Primary School, the Pupil Premium for 2017-2018 is being spent in the following ways:
- Dedicated Assistant Head time for Pupil Premium analysis
- 1:1 Pupil Conferencing with all PP pupils and their class teacher in Term 1
- Two specialist Care and Guidance Mentors
- Nurture Groups for children of different ages
- Additional Teaching Assistants to deliver targeted interventions across all year groups
- 1:1 support for pupils who have complex needs
- Targeted reading sessions with our school librarian
- Sporting Family Change Pupil Mentoring Programme
- Additional Sporting Opportunities
- Additional Speech and Language therapy sessions
- Small number of funded breakfast club places
- Musical instrument lessons for children showing an aptitude for music
- Lunchtime nurture group
- Welcome pack for new Nursery and Reception pupils
- Y4 Residential trip subsidy
- Y6 Residential trip subsidy
- Y6 Study Books
- Resources and Staff Training
Please see our annual Pupil Premium Strategy below for more details
If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, please contact the school office.
'The progress of pupils with special educational needs and those supported by the pupil premium is very good.'