What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional government funding allocated to schools to support disadvantaged pupils. It is intended to help schools to remove any barriers to achievement for pupils. At Dunsford Community Academy we receive pupil premium for:
- children who are cared for or adopted from care,
- children whose parents are in the armed forces, and
- children who have received free school meals at some point over the past 6 years.
How is the funding used?
We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and look for individual ways to support each child to achieve their very best. We do this by offering our children a wide range of opportunities and ensuring that these are accessible for everyone. We ensure pupil premium children are well represented and have a voice in our school. In addition, we make use of educational research such as The Sutton Trust-EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit, to guide us on how best to use our resources to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
What support do we offer?
Enrichment of the Curriculum
Subsidised class trips, workshops and theatre performances
Free places given to after school enrichment clubs
Free/ subsidised after school club and breakfast club places
Other support eg with the purchase of school uniform
Tailoring each intervention to suit each child
Small group support
1:1 tuition for able and underperforming pupils
Children in Reception and KS1 are automatically entitled to a free school lunch; however, registering your child for free meals will entitle them to additional support with the cost of school visits, PTA events and extra-curricular clubs, as well as raising additional funds for the school.
How can I find out if my child is entitled to the Pupil Premium funding?
The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out.
How does it work?
- First, check if you qualify – it is not just if you are unemployed, so please look at the list below.
- Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact Mrs Young who will help you to register. Alternatively, please ring 0845 155 1019 to speak to someone at Devon County Council.
- If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal (saving you more than £350 a year), extra benefits and the school also gets £1320 extra.
- If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal. As long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets the extra funding.
No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
Please talk to us about registering your child today.
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 VI 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 & 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
Pupils can also register for Free School Meals if they get any of these benefits themselves.
Come and talk to us if you’re not sure.
Pupil Premium Spending
The following report outlines how our Pupil Premium funding will be used in the current academic year, and the impact that it had in the last academic year.