The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), which is additional to main school funding, has been introduced into schools to address possible inequalities, between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), and their peers. It is allocated to schools primarily for the purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low income families. It is intended to enable schools to provide targeted support to help children reach their full potential.
The school receives funding in respect of pupils who have been registered for Free School Meals at any time in the previous 6 years, children of Services personnel (for mentoring and emotional support) and children who have been cared for by the Local Authority in the previous 12 months.
Children are eligible to receive free school meals if their parents are in receipt of one of the following:
• Income support (IS)
• Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA(IR)
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.
• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
• Children who receive Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also entitled to receive free school meals.
• Universal Credit
If your child does not currently have Free School Meals, but you feel they may be eligible, please contact the school office (in confidence) who can help. Alternatively, visit Cheshire East website
or call the Free School Meals Helpline on 0300 123 5012.
Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, the school can still claim Pupil Premium Funding which could be used to help your child.
As a school we are required to report to parents about how the money has been allocated, but we also have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way which we think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
Supporting Vulnerable Groups
We believe that one of the major barriers to learning for some of our more vulnerable pupils is the emotional issues they may face and the effect this has on their attitude to school. Therefore we prioritise the use of our Pupil Premium Grant to not only support pupils academically through focused literacy and numeracy interventions, but also to support them emotionally. Our full time Learning Mentor provides a mentoring service to our more vulnerable children, including those on PPG, and works on increasing self esteem and improving their attitude to education.
Supporting Curricular and Extra-curricular activities
In addition, we feel that in order to narrow the gap for our PPG children, it is important that they have access to the same extra curricular activities and residential school visits as the rest of their cohort. With this in mind there will be occasions when Pupil Premium funding is used to subsidise extra-curricular activities and residential trips for specific children.