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What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is an additional fund which is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), or who were eligible within the previous six years. A Service Premium is allocated for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months also receive a premium.
Why do we receive this funding?
“To overcome barriers to learning and enable the School to help close the attainment gap between all children.”
How do we intend to spend the funding in order to achieve this?
If your child is eligible to receive free school meals we can help to pay for your child’s trips, daily snacks, additional teaching from qualified staff and purchase additional resources, if required.
At Markland Hill School we review our strategy on an annual basis to ensure we meet the needs of the children.
How is our School accountable?
The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
• the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
• the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
• the reports for parents that schools have to publish online
Do you qualify?
You can register your child for free school meals if you get any of these benefits
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
• Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Why not try the on-line calculation to see if you are eligible by visiting the website www.bolton.gov.uk follow the link to “schools and children” and use the online calculator. Alternatively please feel free to contact Pupil and Student Services at Bolton Council on 01204 332626 who will be able to advise you.