What is the Pupil Premium?
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money (additional funding) given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This funding is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium can face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Which pupils receive Pupil Premium funding?
Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1320 for each of these children.
Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day. These children are awarded a premium of £2300.
Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence. These children are awarded £300.
Through Quality First Teaching, we aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. We 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. In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals.
Reporting and accountability:
It is the responsibility of the Inclusion Leader/Deputy Headteacher to produce regular reports for the school governors. The reports should focus on measuring the effectiveness of the pupil premium approach and spending against its impact on disadvantaged children compared with non-disadvantaged nationally. We are committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, whether or not they are eligible for the Pupil Premium.
Other ways we can support:
Shaftesbury CE Primary School has considered how to use the pupil premium funding they receive to support eligible children. If your child is eligible for funding, then you could receive support as follows:
Please note: this offer cannot be used more than once per academic year.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual taxable income that does not exceed £16,190
Income-Based Job Seekers’ Allowance
Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
How do I apply?
If you think you may be eligible, please visit the Dorset Council website. It is easy to apply and you are told immediately if you are eligible. If you have any questions or queries, please contact the school office who will be happy to assist you.
Pupil Premium Strategy 2020-2021