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Pupil Premium Funding

A Guide to the Pupil Premium Grant at Bassingbourn Community Primary School

This guide outlines how we use the pupil premium funding to support the academic, social and emotional development of pupils in our school.

What is Pupil Premium Funding?

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in 'closing the gap' in attainment and progress of students:

  • Who receive free school meals (FSM)
  • Who have received free school meals at any time in the last six years (FSM Ever 6)
  • Whose parent(s)is/are service personnel (SCEI)
  • Who are looked after by the local authority (CLA)

Schools can choose to spend the money in various ways in order to support those children who are in receipt of the grant to achieve in school. Schools do not receive this grant for those children receiving Universal Free School Meals in KS1 unless an application has been made by their parents.

How can it help my child?

At Bassingbourn Community Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all of our children make the best possible progress.

Our key priorities are high expectations and good quality teaching and learning for all pupils, including those eligible for pupil premium funding. Here are some of the ways the Pupil Premium Grant is currently being spent at Bassingbourn Primary:

  • Small group support
  • 'Challenge' groups
  • Teaching and learning resources
  • Homework club
  • Access to family support worker
  • Speech and Language TA
  • Various intervention programmes
  • Emotional literacy groups
  • Subsidised sports clubs
  • Music lessons
  • Subsidised school trips
  • Specialist teachers

It is important to apply now, even if your child already receives Universal Free School Meals in KS1.

Pupil Premium Funding - Are you eligible to apply?

We believe that many parents who are eligible, may not have applied for various reasons.

The Pupil Premium Grant is more than Free School Meals; this is money received by school for use by school, which could make a big difference to your child’s future.

Even if your child is in Key Stage 1 and already in receipt of Universal Free School Meals, please take the time to read this leaflet to see if you qualify.

Furthermore, if your child is in Year 2 and about to move into Key Stage 2, please remember that if you are eligible but do not apply, they will no longer receive Free School Meals in September.

How do I apply?

To qualify, your child must be in school and you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • NASS support
  • Guarantee element of State Pension
  • Child Tax Credit, with an income of £16,190 or less where the household is not getting Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit for the four weeks after employment ends
  • 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).

Applying for this funding not only ensures that your child receives free school meals whilst you are in receipt of the benefits, but the grant will continue supporting your child in school for a further 6 years, even if your circumstances change.

All that is needed to apply for the grant is the following information:

Your name
Your date of birth
Your national insurance number

Email: Pupil.premium@cambridgeshire.gov.uk Telephone: 01223 703200

Or contact us in school:

Pupil Premium Champion: nmarsh@bassingbourn.cambs.sch.uk
Family Support Worker: soliver@bassingbourn.cambs.sch.uk
Finance Officer: finance@bassingbourn.cambs.sch.uk
Telephone: 01763 242460

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