The Pupil Premium was introduced in 2011 to provide schools with additional funding for pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point during their time at primary school. The purpose of the Pupil Premium funding was to narrow the gap in attainment between children from low income families and their peers as well as to increase the range of opportunities available to them and improve their life chances.
We are very proud that Ravensbury Community School received a letter Department for Education in 2015, congratulating us on the impact of our spending and the attainment of our most disadvantaged pupils. Here is an excerpt from the letter, which can be read in full through the link below.
‘Your results show that you have improved in terms of the progress and attainment achieved by disadvantaged pupils since 2011, and that you are highly effective in educating your disadvantaged pupils….’
The letter goes on to say that we narrowly missed qualifying for the national Pupil Premium Award.
At Ravensbury, we have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential. Pupil premium funding represents a sizeable proportion of our budget and this policy outlines how we will ensure it is spent to maximum effect.
Early Year Pupil Premium
From April 2015, all nurseries, schools, child minders and other childcare providers will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support child’s development, learning and care. We wanted to write to you to explain what the Early Years Pupil Premium is, explain who is eligible for this funding and importantly to ask you to complete the forms so that that we as a school can claim extra funding.
National data and research tells that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, for example in 2014 45% of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage compared to 64% of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium will provide extra funding to close this gap.
The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for 3 and 4 year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. this means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. This additional money could make a significant difference to us.
We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the Early Years education that we provide for your child. This could include for example additional training for our staff on early language investing in partnership working with our colleagues in the area to further our expertise or supporting our staff in working on specialised areas such as speech and language.
It is well documented that high quality education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children then a pupil premium grant has been available for school age children and it has been beneficial to those children receiving the funding.
This year the school will receive £6,042 Early Years Pupil Premium.
If you think you may be entitled to the Early Years Pupil Premium Grant, please collect a form from the school office.