The Ashington Learning Partnership instils in pupils the need to be the best they can be. The targeted and strategic use of the Pupil Premium Grant will support us in achieving our vision.
Our mission through greater collaboration, is to ensure all the pupils in our care are given the best start in life and can grow and prosper within safe families and communities that give them the best start for the future. We want all our pupils to develop good character traits that help them to manage the pressures of life and give them the skills that they need to succeed in an ever changing society. Through our ‘core values’ and Skills for Life’ we strive to instil ‘achievement for all’ and in the process improve social mobility opportunities for our pupils. This in turn creates greater economic, cultural and social values in our society. Through a range of high quality support and an excellent teaching provision we want to transform the lives of our pupils and their families by raising educational aspirations, allowing pupils, including those with SEND, those from disadvantaged families, CLA, those eligible for Free School Meals and service children to have access to ‘highbrow’ cultural capital experiences that build key character traits. Our Pupil Premium impact strategy sets out the context for our approaches to meet the needs of all our vulnerable learners and diminish the achievement gaps. We aim to ensure our most vulnerable learners have the capabilities to enable them to become confident individuals, effective communicators, successful and responsive citizens, to remain healthy and to achieve the educational and life outcomes which they deserve.
Eligibility and funding amounts:
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is funding given to schools to close the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers, and to support pupils with parents in the armed forces (this part of it is also known as the service premium).
As a school we receive money for each pupil of compulsory school age who fit the eligibility criteria.
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals(FSM)
Pupil premium per pupil - £1,345
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
Pupil premium per pupil - £2,345
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
Pupil premium per pupil - £2,345
Service children - Service premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
Service premium per pupil - £310
• Grant allocations are based on the number of eligible pupils recorded in the January 2020 census.
• Our school will be allocated the pupil premium for eligible pupils aged 4 and over, in year groups from Reception to Year 6.
Spending the grant
A school can spend the grant as they see fit, as long as they can demonstrate their spending is improving the attainment of eligible pupils.
The way we spend our Pupil Premium Grant may include:
Supporting the slowest progress readers with additional reading interventions.
Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
Dedicated EAL teaching assistant and LA support.
Resources to support language and communication development.
Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.
Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
Funding or subsidising educational trips and visits.
Subsidising the purchase of uniforms.
Offering family support sessions and Thrive interventions.
The grant is allocated in line with the financial year, which begins in April, rather than the academic year. Allocations are based on data from the previous January census. If an eligible pupil joins after this census, a school will not receive their allocation until the following year.
Maintained schools receive the grant through their local authority (LA). This is received in quarterly instalments.
Pupil Premium funding for looked – after children (LAC) is allocated to the virtual school head in the LA, rather than schools. The virtual school head will work with schools to decide how it will be spent.
How to claim your child’s pupil premium
All children who currently qualify for free school meals on their family circumstances are entitled to pupil premium. This applies if you receive any of the following benefits:
Universal credit (income dependent)
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
Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.
In addition, pupils who have qualified for free school meals on the above grounds in the past, but are no longer eligible, continue to receive pupil premium for the next six years.Schools are responsible for recording the children who are eligible for pupil premium in their annual school census.
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)
A child who is 3 or 4 years may be eligible for the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP). The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYFF) is extra funding given to providers to support disadvantaged children aged 3 and 4 years old.
Funding per pupil (EYPP)
All eligible early years providers will receive EYPP funding from their local authorities at a rate of 53p per hour for each eligible pupil, to a maximum of 570 hours (£302.10 per year).Children will be eligible for the term after their 3rd birthday.
To apply for Free School Meals please go to the Northumberland.gov website or contact the relevant school office.