What is Pupil Premium Funding?
At the Partnership of St Edmund’s and St Joseph’s we believe every child should be supported by good teaching to achieve the best they can. Some children for a variety of reasons take longer to learn some things (for example reading, sounds, handwriting). Some children have particular circumstances that can make it harder for them to learn (for example disability, special education needs, social and emotional needs, financial difficulty like redundancy, parental separation, long term illness).
All staff work hard to identify children who may need extra help for specific activities or for longer periods of time whilst at school. We will work with you to find ways to support your child to continue to make good progress and do well at school whatever the challenges they may face individually or as a result of family circumstances. If you believe your child needs extra support please speak to the class teacher.
Each year the schools receive additional funding to support children who have parents in the armed forces; are looked after by the local authority or have free school meals. The school can use this money to ensure pupils who experience difficulties in their learning receive extra teaching and resources. The money is for these groups as nationally they make less progress and are more likely to achieve less than their peers.
How is Pupil Premium Funding spent?
We use this money to provide:
- 1:1 teaching in Maths and English with specialist teachers
- Employ a speech and language therapist to identify and support children with communication difficulties
- Employ Teaching assistants with specialist skills e.g. ELKLAN (speech and Language). Makaton signing; who work with small groups and individual pupils
- Enrichment opportunities e.g. funding music lessons, reduction in cost of school trips
- A set of school uniform (Jumper or cardigan, tie, PE shirt, shorts) each September
- Free school trips
- One free school club per term
Who is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?
You may be able to get pupil premium if you receive:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).
How can I find out more or apply?
Parents in all year groups can see if their child would benefit from Pupil Premium speaking to Mrs Kemble, Mrs Copeman or Mrs Herlihy, by visiting https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/
This is a significant amount of money that benefits the whole school as well as your child so don’t miss out!