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 can have free school meals and are eligible for Pupil Premium if they receive any of the following:
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:
To close learning gaps and strive to ensure pupils all have the best outcomes possible.
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.
The way that classes and staffing are arranged to maximise learning.
The Academy contribution to trips, visitors, uniform and other opportunities to reduce the impact of disadvantage on educational experience.
Additional and different personalised provision in place to close learning gaps and maximise progress.
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
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.
"The pupil premium funding and sports premium funding are used to good effect." Ofsted 2017
"Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported well and make good progress." Ofsted 2017
"Safeguarding is effective. Systems to keep pupils safe are robust" Ofsted 2017
"The curriculum provides good opportunities for pupils to learn across a range of subjects. British values are promoted effectively." Ofsted 2017
"Good teaching in Year 5 and Year 6 ensures that most pupils catch up and make expected progress in a range of subjects by the end of key stage 2." Ofsted 2017
"Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are good. Pupils behave well and have good manners. They demonstrate a strong understanding of tolerance and respect." Ofsted 2017
"Leaders, governors and the trust have a strong understanding of the school’s effectiveness. Their recent actions are ensuring that the school is improving quickly." Ofsted 2017
“Pupils speak highly about the quality of education they receive. They are very loyal to the Academy, each other and the staff. They appreciate the support they receive to do their best. Pupils’ conduct around the Academy and in class is excellent.”
“Teachers provide highly detailed and effective feedback on a regular basis so that pupils know what they need to do to improve. Pupils regularly respond to marking to ensure they improve upon their understanding. Pupils are now given more opportunities to complete their work fluently and at greater length. Good progress is strongly evident across the books surveyed.”
“Books are well presented and demonstrate that pupils take pride in their work. They contain a varied number of tasks and activities for pupils.”
“Systems to keep pupils safe are rigorous. They feel safer because behaviour has improved and there are good opportunities to learn how to keep themselves safe in different situations.”
“As a result of the senior leaders’ determination and attention to detail, the quality of education has improved, aspirations have been raised and staff morale is high.”