Message from Mrs James
As a FSM (Free School Meals) child myself, I wholeheartedly support the need to help pupils succeed ensuring where possible that their financial circumstances do not hinder their progress, attainment and individual potential. Life is about chance and opportunity and it is my role as PPG lead with the help and expertise of my designated staff to ensure that every child has the same opportunities and life chances. PPG gives the school the ability to help pupils where they need it most and we are increasingly striving to become more and more creative in how we meet the needs of our learners.
At the core of all we do, is our drive to ensure pupils are Key Stage 3 ready so we are very keen to diminish any gaps between them and their non PP peers in relation to their academic success to give them the best start to help them reach their individual potential.
Testimonials from Parents
Over the course of the year so far, we have collected the following feedback from parents of pupils in receipt of PPG
- “The additional finance has made a world of difference for my children.”
- “The school have been wonderful.”
- “The Head and the Office staff are really supportive and discrete.”
- “The people in the office are sensitive and understand the importance of privacy.”
- “The Head was so helpful and understanding when we hit a difficult time.”
- “The school really listened and helped me and my children.”
Please help us to help your child/ren - if you think your child could be eligible, don’t delay - contact the admin team or Headteacher Mrs James either on email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Information for Parents
Currently, all children from Reception to Y2 are eligible for a daily free school meal thanks to the government’s recent implementation of the Universal Infant Free School meals initiative.
In addition to this, some children would be eligible anyway for Free School Meals due to their parent(s)/carer(s) meeting the appropriate criteria (see list below). With this comes a sum of money paid directly to their school.
What is PPG?
The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children and to ensure any gap between them and their non PP peers is diminishing.
This 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 face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, less family support, 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. Where children are performing well, it can also be used to enhance the provision, offering them additional opportunities beyond the curriculum to ensure they reach their potential as well as paying for clubs, trips and residential.
Is your child eligible?
Schools are given a pupil premium for:
- 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 have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day.
How is it spent?
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.
Common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium fund include:
- Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
- Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.
- Running an academic breakfast club session before school, for example for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
- Paying for attendance at a school breakfast club to improve attendance.
- Providing extra tuition/learning opportunities for most able children who receive the pupil premium, for example in preparation for SATs.
- Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
- Funding educational trips and visits.
- Paying for additional help such as TaMHS, Rainbow or support through our Family School Link Worker
At some point, all of the children in a class will benefit from how the school spends its Pupil Premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support or a visiting theatre company that works with the whole class.
Can you influence how the pupil premium is used?
There is no obligation for the school to consult you about how they use the money they claim for your child, although at Lawn Primary school we welcome parents involvement. In a recent letter sent late autumn 2016, parents of pupils in receipt of PP where invited in to school to meet with the headteacher to discuss how the money was being spent to the benefit of their child/ren.
How to claim your child’s pupil premium
Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
- Universal credit
Please contact as soon as possible if you think we can help, we look forward to hearing from you.
Click here to download the Free School Application Form from Swindon Borough Council.