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The Pupil Premium

 

What is Pupil Premium?

 

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils who received Free School Meals and who are Looked After Children. This is because the DfE have recognised that good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances. This is particularly true for children from low-income families, or who are Looked After Children, who are far less likely to leave schools with good GCSE results than other children. The Pupil Premium, using additional resources from outside the School’s Budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. The DfE have stated that schools have the right to spend this funding as they see fit based upon their knowledge of pupil needs.

 

Pupil Premium at The Oaks Infant School

 

At The Oaks Infant School we believe in inspiring and engaging pupils through a child-led curriculum. We strive for achievement for all our pupils. Our pastoral care and rigorous monitoring and tracking of all pupils helps us to identify any pupils who are at risk of not making sufficient progress and have helped us to plan and implement good intervention strategies. With smaller numbers of pupil premium eligible pupils, value for money is central to sustained improvements in both well-being and academic achievement. We take an individualised approach to Pupil Premium spending as different pupils benefit from varying approaches and enrichments. Recognising some of these differences we have been very clear in our vision that, although achievement in academic subjects is vital, learning can happen in a range of guises and pupil well-being, self-worth and belief that they can are imperative for achievement. Therefore, our belief in enabling opportunities in a wide range of experiences such as music lessons, the arts and sporting opportunities are integral to opportunity and entitlement.

 

Other documents within the pages for each year below include a pupil premium strategy document which sets out expenditure for this academic year and the evidence base used in making these decisions.

 

How can Parents and carers contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium scheme?

 

Parent support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. If you would like help or advice in supporting your child we run many Parent Workshops and you can always ask your class teacher or email admin@oaks.kent.sch.uk for information.

 

If you are unsure as to whether your child is entitled to the Pupil Premium, it is worth registering them to find out. If successful, it will have a direct impact on the funding the school receives and we will maximise the support we can provide.

 

Parents can register their child for the Pupil Premium if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

 

Parents / carers can apply here:

https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals

 

If you would like support with applying please speak to Mrs O’Driscoll, our Family Support Worker. She is out on the school gates every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
 

For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit:  http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

 

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