At Hardingstone Academy, we believe that every child is capable of achieving their potential and excelling in all areas, no matter their starting point. We want every child to flourish and aim high in their learning and we are committed to ensure this happens. Our aim is to raise attainment, achievement and attendance of the pupils entitled to pupil premium funding and enrich school and outer school time with academic and wellbeing experiences.
What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers. Pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to school. The funding is used to target these children and support them in their learning and their wellbeing. Funding is allocated per year for the eligible pupils. It is for the schools to decide how the funding is best spent, due to their knowledge of the pupils needs.
Ofsted conducted a survey of the use of the Pupil Premium in 2012. Recommendations from the findings included:
-School leaders, including governing bodies, should ensure that Pupil Premium funding is not simply absorbed into mainstream budgets, but instead is carefully targeted at the designated children. They should be able to identify clearly how the money is being spent.
-School leaders, including governing bodies, should evaluate their Pupil Premium spending, avoid spending it on activities that have little impact on
achievement for their disadvantaged pupils, and spend it in ways known to be most effective.
-Schools should continue to seek ways to encourage parents and carers to apply for FSM where pride, stigma or changing circumstances act as
barriers to its take-up
- Ofsted should continue to evaluate the use of Pupil Premium funding by schools to ensure that they are focusing it on disadvantaged pupils and using
Pupil premium funding represents a very small proportion of our overall budget, however we are committed to providing personalised targeted support to ensure that it is spent to maximum effect for identified pupils.
Pupil Premium - extra support for your child
You can apply for the Pupil Premium which provides your child's school with additional funding to support them. If you are in receipt of any of the below benefits please apply.
If you are in receipt of any of the following, your child may be eligible for free school meals.
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income based Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, with no element of Working Tax Credit, and a household income below £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs)
- Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
If a child resides in a local authority care home they will not qualify for free school meals. This is because government funding has already been allocated to fund their meals.
How do I apply?
To apply for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium please complete an online form which will give you an instant decision. Please see link below: