WHAT IS THE PUPIL PREMIUM?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers.
If a child has been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the past 6 years or has been looked after for one day or more (Child Looked After), the school receives an amount per head within their budget. Our funding formula is aimed at the whole child.
The Department for Education classifies a pupil as ‘disadvantaged’ if they meet any one of the following criteria:
- Pupils in any year group from reception to year 11 that have been entitled to free school meals at any point in the last six years
- Looked-after children as defined in the Children Act 1989
- 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 in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
- National and in-school data shows that, as a group, pupils eligible for the pupil premium face barriers to educational attainment. Common barriers to underachievement include poor numeracy and/or literacy skills, below average attendance and low aspirations or emotional wellbeing.
- However, we recognise that every child is an individual and so we do not label students. Instead, we seek to tackle underperformance wherever and whenever it occurs by working to understand students’ individual barriers to learning and then addressing these in lesson where possible.
The Pupil Premium Grant is allocated to schools annually. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium will be spent since schools are considered best placed to access what provision should be made for the pupils that they are responsible for. However, schools must report annually on how it has been spent and on its impact. New performance tables also capture the achievement of disadvantaged pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
Our school vision is to provide an exceptional education for all students, whether disadvantaged or not. We have a moral imperative to ensure that all students have the best possible start in life and so seek to provide all students with equal opportunities to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially. This vision outlines our reasoning behind the Pupil Premium spending.
HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Your child is entitled to free school meals if you receive one of the following benefits:
If you are a parent or carer and receive any of the benefits below, then your child is eligible for Free School Meals.
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- Younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- In full-time education
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2023.
INFANT FREE SCHOOL MEALS IN ENGLAND
Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in a government-funded school and in:
- Reception class
- Year 1
- Year 2
Tell your local authority if you also get any of the qualifying benefits. Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do.
If you receive one of the benefits above and your child is not already receiving free school meals then please apply online here https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/link2ict. Once you have applied you do not need to apply again unless your child changes schools*.
If your application for Free School Meals is successful, Haberdashers' Hatcham Primary will also receive extra funding from the Government to use in support of teaching and learning (Pupil Premium).
*Please note that since September 2014, all children in reception, year one and year two are also entitled to free school meals as part of the Universal Free School Meal Scheme. You do not need to apply online for your child to receive free school meals.
PUPIL PREMIUM SPEND AND IMPACT
Number of disadvantaged pupils at Hatcham Primary in 2022-23: 144
Funding received in 2022-23: £170,265
Pupil Premium Spend and Impact 2021-22
Number of disadvantaged pupils at Hatcham Primary in 2021-22: 110
Funding received in 2021-22: £133,089
Pupil Premium Spend and Impact 2020-21
Number of disadvantaged pupils at Hatcham Primary in 2020-21: 85
Funding received in 2020-21: £95,495
DATE OF NEXT REVIEW
The date for the next Pupil Premium review will be October 2023.