Since April 2011, the Government has allocated money to schools to support children from lower income families in order to raise the attainment of these children and ensure that they can fully access all that school has to offer. This funding is called the ‘Pupil Premium Grant’ or ‘PPG’.
Is my child eligible?
You can register your child for Free School Meals and access to the Pupil Premium Grant if you receive any of these benefits:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190 without Working Tax Credit (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs)
If your child is in Reception and KS1, they will receive free school meals anyway but may be entitled to Pupil Premium Funding if the above criteria apply.
The following children are also eligible to receive PPG:
Looked After Children (Children in Care)
Children who have left Local Authority care because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangement order or a residence order
Children of Armed Services personnel
The school receives only one allocation of funding per pupil even if more than one criteria applies to that pupil.
School can claim additional funds from central Government for every child in any year group whose Parent/Carer is in receipt certain welfare benefits. Please visit: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals where the eligibility criteria is listed.
To make an application please visit: http://cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims-tameside
COVID-19 Update (September 2020)
Due to the changes to educational provision caused by the COVID-19 pandemic the detail in this Pupil Premium strategy has been subject to review since April 2020. Our use of the funding has been adapted to meet students’ needs as they have arisen, whilst maintaining where possible the principles outlined in this document, and in others related to the PPG.
During the pandemic the following key steps have been taken to ensure that ‘disadvantaged’ pupils’ barriers to learning will continue to be overcome wherever possible:
· Step 1 - Children attended school
· Step 2 - Ensuring children have the correct tools to complete home learning
· Step 3 - Family support through home visits etc
Future versions of the strategy will reflect the changes that are currently being made.
School leaders with responsibility for administering the PPG have drawn on these helpful publications from the Children’s Commissioner and the Education Endowment Foundation:
We will continue to follow guidance and advice from relevant bodies as it emerges, in consultation with other stakeholders.
How does school use the funding?
The following documents detail how we have used, or how we intend to use, our PPG funding.
Articles and advice for children and young people