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Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Free School Meals

What are the benefits of claiming free school meals?

School meals are a good way to ensure that your child eats well at lunchtime and by enabling your child to have a free school meal, if they are eligible for one, you will save yourself both time and money.

In addition to this, being in receipt of a free school meal, also means that your child will qualify for ‘pupil premium’ and this will also bring with it some additional benefits for your child.

Please click here for further information and how to access the application form.

Pupil Premium

What is the pupil premium?

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:
  • Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM)
  • Every child who has been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
  • Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • Children who have a parent currently serving in the armed forces

How is the pupil premium funding used?

Pupil premium funding is paid directly to the school and we decide how it is used to meet our students’ needs. We also produce documentation to show how we plan to spend the monies and why we have chosen to spend them in this way. We use the pupil premium to make sure that those in receipt of the funding continue to have high attainment, continue to make excellent progress and to ensure that there is no gap between them and their non-pupil premium peers.

How do our pupil premium students do within the school?

Grades 9-4 in English and Maths

 

School (All)

School (PP)

National (All)

National (PP)

2016

100%

100%

63%

70.6%

2017

100%

100%

63.9%

71.2%

2018

100%

100%

64%

71%

2019

100%

100%

65%

72%

2020

100%

100%

   
2021 100% 100%    

 

Attainment 8 Score
 

School (All)

School (PP)

National (All)

National (non-PP)

2016

69.6

66.1

49.9

53.3

2017

71.7

71.7

46.3

49.8

2018

71.3

69.3

46.5

50.1

2019

72.0

73.3

46.7

50.3

2020

73.6

72.2

   
2021        

 

Progress 8 Score
 

School (All)

School (PP)

National (All)

National (non-PP)

2016

0.38

0.02

-0.03

0.10

2017

0.64

0.60

-0.03

0.11

2018

0.43

0.07

-0.02

0.13

2019

0.45

0.69

-0.03

0.13

2020

N/A

N/A

   
2021 N/A N/A    

NB. Detailed National 2020 data will not be published by the DfE.

Pupil Premium Report 2019/2020

Responsibility for Pupil Premium

Leadership Team Members

All members of the Leadership team have a key responsibility for raising the attainment, achievement and aspirations of all students and Pupil Premium students. Key members have responsibility to ensure that these students make rapid and sustained progress in all subjects over time. To raise the aspirations of students, inspiring them to achieve excellence will enable them to become exceptionally well prepared for the next stages in their education. In addition to this, other key members of the team have direct responsibility for the behaviour, attitudes to learning, safety, SEND, attendance and personal wellbeing of these students. They must ensure that the attendance for this group is at least in line with the attendance of all students, that their SEND needs are being met (should this be applicable) and that they are not receiving significantly more sanctions than other students. Within these areas we work towards ensuring that there are no gaps between Pupil Premium students and non Pupil Premium students.  

Heads of Faculty and Heads of Department

Heads of Department and Heads of Faculty complete progress monitoring and QA of teaching and learning so that effective tracking of student progress and appropriate intervention can be put in place to maximise achievement and close any attainment gaps of key cohorts. It is expected that they will track the progress of students who are entitled to Pupil Premium to ensure that timely and appropriate strategies are in place to raise attainment. It is also expected that the distribution of these cohorts in different groupings across the school will also be focused upon to ensure that these students are not being artificially selected. They will work closely with the SENDCO (where relevant), to alert them of any additional concerns that staff may have regarding students’ progress which may be as a result of an additional need.

Heads of Progress and Learning

Heads of Progress and Learning will track and monitor their students’ progress and in addition their behavior, attendance and other measures of wellbeing and safety in order that they can close any gaps that exist by putting in appropriate strategies. This also includes close liaison with other key staff, for example working with the SENDCO to support the identification of SEMH needs or additional support that may be required following analysis of the available data holistically.

Teachers

All teachers are expected to use data that is made available to them including the data in ‘Steps to Success’, and through regular quality assurance procedures, formative assessments, marking and feedback, ensuring that lesson planning is effective in order to meet the needs of all learners. They are expected to have identified students who belong to key groups so that initiatives can be appropriately targeted and to liaise regularly with the SEND team, ensuring that planning for students who require additional support is well prepared and that additional adults are used well within the classroom. They are also expected to ensure that feedback is consistently used to improve student outcomes and to accelerate progress.

RESEARCH BASE

The school has carried out research in order to inform the best use of monies in order that it can have the highest impact (see appendix one). Research has been cascaded throughout the school through training sessions on interventions and how best to deepen and accelerate learning. The EEF research has been of particular focus when deciding on the strategies that the school will employ and take forward. This research looks at the impact of initiatives and their cost effectiveness, but has also looks at how the research is relevant to our own setting. In addition to this, the Headteacher has attended Pupil Premium ‘train the trainer’ course and a Pupil Premium governor has also been selected to ensure that the school is being challenged on the spending going forward. The Headteacher has carried out Pupil Premium reviews at other schools, making the school well placed to ensure that our own provision is maximising benefit to our learners.

Questions

 If you have any queries or questions about eligibility for pupil premium or free school meals.  Please contact the school Business Manager on office@salegrammar.co.uk

Page Documents Date  
Pupil Premium Report 2019 20th Oct 2020 Download
PP Spend Plan 2020 21 impact notes inclu... 17th Sep 2021 Download