Pupil Premium 2018-19

Pupil Premium Statement for 2018-2019

Pupil Premium 

In 2011-2012 The Government launched its' Pupil Premium funding. This money is sent to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals [FSM]. Money is also available for children who are in care. From 2012-2013 it was expanded to include all children, who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. It has also been expanded to include children of members of the armed forces. At present we are receiving funding for approximately 44% of pupils. 

This money is allocated to initiatives to ensure pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially. 

If your child does not have Free School Meals, but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the school’s office (in confidence) to register them. Even if you do not wish them to have the meals, this would mean the school could still claim Pupil Premium funding that may be used to help your child. We also assure parents that all matters regarding use of the Special Fund are treated with discretion and in confidence. 

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

 Principles

  • We aim to ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the individualised needs of all of the pupils. 
  • We ensure that appropriate provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. 
  • Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving free school meals will be in receipt of Pupil Premium interventions at one time.

Rationale

We aim to:

  • Improve progress and diminish the difference for all Pupil Premium pupils
  • Ensure social, emotional and economic barriers are addressed by Pupil Premium grant
  • To ensure Pupil Premium pupils attend regularly and access initiatives such as Breakfast Club so they arrive in a good condition for leaning

Context of local area

  • The GPFS serves an area of high deprivation; key features of which are as follows:
  • The average life expectancy of pupils within Tilbury is 10 years less than those within Thurrock [Source PCT], due to factors such as smoking, poor diet and insufficient exercise.
  • The 2011 Census of population indicates that the ward from which The GPFS draws the majority of its pupils has the highest percentage of overcrowded households.
  • Tilbury has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe; as a result the school has a significant group of young mothers with limited knowledge of good parenting skills - Primary Health Care Trust 2015 [PHCT].
  • Obese levels are well above the national average with obese adults one of the worst in England. Together with the high levels of smoking, this makes life expectancy for women significantly below the national average and males slightly below [PHCT…2015].
  • The number of children living in poverty is above the national average at 41%. [source: evidence base for draft housing strategy 2015 – 2020]. Most pupils live in the immediate ward to the school which is the most deprived in Thurrock with the deprivation indicator standing at 0.44 against national of 0.24

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