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?
Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.
Come and talk to us if you’re not sure.
Pupil Premium Spending
2016 – 17 ReportPupil Premium Report 2016 - 17
2017 – 18 StrategyPupil Premium Report 2017 - 18