What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to help support pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6’). The funding is used to provide additional educational support to improve progress and to raise the standard of achievement for pupils who are, or who have ever been, registered as eligible for Free School Meals. Currently, primary schools receive £1,345 per pupil, per year.

A Service Pupil Premium is allocated for children whose parents are in the armed forces. This funding is specifically aimed at providing pastoral support ensuring the social and emotional well being. Each school receives £310 per pupil, per year for this.

In addition, children who are adopted or on a special guardianship receive extra funding called Pupil Premium Plus. This attracts a higher rate of £2345 per year, per child and this funding is used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers and whilst also ensuring the social and emotional well being.

At The Oaks, we believe that the highest possible standards can only be achieved by having ambitious expectations of all learners. Some pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds require additional support; therefore, we use all the resources available to help them reach their full potential, including the Pupil Premium allocation. All schools are free to decide how to allocate this funding to best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.

The was created to provide funding for three key areas:

  • Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap with their peers.
  • Providing funding for LAC (Looked After Children) and previously LAC
  • Supporting pupils with parents in the armed forces.

The Pupil Premium Strategy is on a form set by the DfE.

In order to ensure that our Pupil Premium children get the best education and maximise their learning opportunities to ‘narrow the gap’, we use the EEF (Education endowment Foundation) guide to help us invest the Pupil Premium payment made to us by the Government.

Click this link to see this research: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/evidence-summaries/pupil-premium-guide/

If you would prefer a printed version of the Pupil Premium information or if you have any questions then, in the first instance, please contact the school office on 0151 338 2111.

How can I find out if my child is entitled to Pupil Premium?

The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. You can apply online by clicking on the website link below.

If you would like to speak to a member staff for more information, please contact the office by calling 01785 377360 and they will be happy to direct you to the appropriate member of staff who will assist you through this process.

Children in Reception and Key Stage One are automatically entitled to a free school dinner; however, registering your child for free meals will entitle them to additional support.

https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals