Some parents may have heard of the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), this is money that is paid to the school each year to support pupils who are eligible for free school meals or are in the ‘looked after’ arena (public care or foster care). We also receive this grant for pupils who are adopted, and a lesser grant for pupils whose parents are members of the armed forces.
Currently the grant is £1320 pounds per pupil, per year. All schools are given this money. Why has the Government given this money? The reason is the data, that is the results and progress of children who fall into these groups, is generally lower and sometimes much lower, than that of children who are not eligible for it. However, this is a big generalisation, here at St.Peter’s we have many pupils who are eligible for free meals achieving the highest standards
The money is not expected generally to be spent entirely on specific pupils. We offer staff and resources that benefit many children, but we are also able, using this money, to target the learning needs of specific pupils where necessary.
In budget breakdown and impact and outcomes sheet (following this introduction), it is not always possible to see the impact on children’s self confidence and well being when the playing field has been levelled (to some degree). Provision of enrichment activities such as music and support for trips and other activities has an indirect bearing on educational attainment. At Barton St Peter’s PPG children are very well supported.
It is important that if you are in a family that may be eligible for free school meals you claim for them. This is now doubly important since the introduction of Universal Infant Free School Meals. Some parents think that because their child already receives a free meal it is not necessary for them to apply. This means that the school loses valuable income that can help many children. We send regular reminders outlining the importance of applying for this grant as the school does not automatically get the money. The office or the Local Link can easily help you with this. When a family does claim FSM – even if they do not take the meals the school will gain the grant for six years. Clearly in economic terms you can see why we are keen for you to claim!The school is able to offer many things with the support of this funding, Miss Sandon Learning Mentor for example, and lots of other interventions are partly supported by this money. We are expected to use it to narrow the attainment gap and this is exactly what is happening at Barton St Peter’s