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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked Questions

What is the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG)?

The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), introduced in April 2011, aims to increase attainment and aspiration for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing financial support. Research indicates that poverty has a measurable influence on a child’s future life chances.
 
“The pupil premium is designed to address inequality by giving every school and teacher the resources they need to help their most disadvantaged pupils, allowing them the freedom to respond appropriately to individual circumstances. “ GOV.UK (Jan 2014)"

Although our proportion of PPG students is low we are constantly investigating ways to narrow the progress and attainment gap by actively supporting these students to meet their academic potential and then go beyond it; “Closing the gap” does not simply mean “catch up”.

 

Who is eligible?

The following Year 7 – Year 11 pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding:

• Pupils currently registered to receive Free School Meals (FSM)
• Pupils registered to receive FSM in the last 6 years (Ever 6 FSM)
• Children of service personnel.
• Looked After Children in Care (LACs / CICs).

How much funding is available?

The following is taken directly from the DfE’s Education Funding website.

• £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6 (FSM Ever 6)
• £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11 (FSM)
• £300 for children of services personnel
Schools will also receive £2,300 for each pupil who has left local authority care because of any of the following:

• adoption
• a special guardianship order
• a child arrangements order
• a residence order

If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,300 rate.

Children who have been in local authority care for one day or more also attract £2,300 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing Pupil Premium funding for looked-after children.

For more details please visit 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-conditions-of-grant-2018-to-2019/pupil-premium-2018-to-2019-conditions-of-grant

 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings

 
What if family circumstances change?


The school’s list of eligible pupils is regularly updated throughout the year as family circumstances change. Pupil Premium information is shared confidentially with teaching staff so that they can support students appropriately in the classroom. Pupil Premium funding is used flexibly to respond to the needs of our students – either individually or in groups.

Financial hardship not covered by the PPG

As part of our inclusive ethos we are committed to helping all of our students to fulfil their potential, regardless of circumstances. We therefore extend help and support, where appropriate, to those students who are not eligible for the PPG but where known financial hardship exists. Click here for more details about how to apply.

What happens after Year 11?

Where appropriate we continue to provide support to Sixth Form students who were previously eligible for the Pupil Premium through the 16-19 Bursary scheme. We continue to monitor the progress of PPG students even after they start their Sixth Form studies.