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Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

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What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is a government funded resource paid to schools to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils. Any pupil who is eligible for Free School Meals now, or has been eligible in the previous 6 years, will receive funding. The funding is also provided to meet the needs of children in care to the Local Authority, children who have recently been adopted from care and children of Service families. The funding paid for each of these groups is different and varies year-on-year.

Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?

  • Children in the Armed Forces Personnel
  • Looked After Children
  • Children adopted from care or who have left care

Children can have free school meals and are eligible for Pupil Premium if they receive any of the following:

  • Income support;
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance;
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA);
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • Child Tax Credit provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190;
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit.

If you think that your child may be eligible, then please contact the school office and complete a form which can then be handed in to a member of the office staff or register online at: http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals.

Why Is Pupil Premium Important?

Nationally, there is a strong link between economic disadvantage and poor achievement in schools. Across the country there is a significant gap between the progress made by pupils eligible for free school meals and those who are not eligible. There are many reasons why this gap exists. Pupil Premium is given to schools to help us try to close this gap. It is important because it enables us to counteract the disadvantages that poverty imposes on children. It ensures we can put the support in place to help every child in our school thrive and fully master each stage of the curriculum.

Pupil Premium Pupils at Tree Tops Primary Academy

Tree Tops Primary Academy is a school with a very high percentage of students (55%) defined as disadvantaged. We are working hard to enable every pupil whether disadvantaged or not to achieve as highly as possible.

The main barriers that disadvantaged pupils at Tree Tops Primary Academy face are outlined below:

  • Special educational needs in addition to disadvantage;
  • Lack of cultural capital;
  • Lack of educational opportunities for families;
  • Migration from outside Kent;
  • Difficulties with housing.
Raising Achievement

To close learning gaps and strive to ensure pupils all have the best outcomes possible.

Wider development

Ensuring that pupils have full access to all educational opportunities to ensure their provision and raise confidence so that every child is ready and fully prepared for the next stage in their education.

Learning Skills

The way that classes and staffing are arranged to maximise learning.

 

Enrichment

The Academy contribution to trips, visitors, uniform and other opportunities to reduce the impact of disadvantage on educational experience.

Intervention

Additional and different personalised provision in place to close learning gaps and maximise progress.

Guidance

Additional advice and support given to individuals and families to reduce the impact of wider issues on educational success.

Tree Tops Primary Academy – Promise to Disadvantaged pupils
Every Year A contribution towards school uniform
An offer of daily free milk
An offer of subsidised Breakfast Club
An offer of 1 x additional after school club
A free off site external visit
An opportunity to lead an assembly
An opportunity to take part in an in-school competition
An opportunity to take part in a Kent–wide competition
An opportunity to carry out a fund raising project
An opportunity to work across Academies in the Maidstone Cluster
An opportunity to meet an aspirational adult who would help motivate pupils and challenge thinking
Within each Key Stage Subsidised swimming lessons
An opportunity to work on a global project

For more information on this please see attached our Pupil Premium Reports

School Milk

From 1st January 2015, schools across England are required to ensure that milk is made available during the school day to all pupils.

As at present, all children aged between 5 and 18 who are eligible for free school meals (where the school claims a Pupil Premium) must be offered free milk. Schools use the dedicated schools grant to fund the provision of milk for eligible pupils.

The scheme offers each pupil 189ml of milk at a subsidised price of 22p per child per day. Children under five years old have milk free of charge, as do all those eligible to free school meals.

If you wish to register your child for milk please click on the following link for Cool Milk’s parents’ page.

 

What is the Sports Premium?                    

Schools receive PE and sport premium funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6.  Schools with 16 or fewer eligible pupils receive £500 per pupil.  Schools with 17 or more eligible pupils receive £8,000 and an additional payment of £5 per pupil.

What does the Sport Premium mean for my school?

The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.

Funding for 2015/2016 Lump Sum £8000 (Lump sum)
Funding £5 per pupil £1,100 (220 pupils)
Total £9,100

Click here for Report on Physical Education and Sport Premium Action Plan

Click here for planned spending for the P.E. and Sport Premium Grant 2015-2016