Through our school vision, we understand that all children have different skills, abilities and experiences. Our main aim at Tutshill School is to educate our pupils to the highest standards and to support them in becoming confident individuals and successful learners.
Pupil Premium funding is there to provide this, in the area that is best suited to the individual pupil’s needs – be that academic, physical, welfare, emotional, extra-curricular support or enrichment opportunities. Pupil Premium funding is available for children from low-income families who apply to receive Free School Meals, with extra, enhanced Pupil Premium Plus funding for children in the circumstances outlined below.
How we support our children at Tutshill School
Schools can choose how to spend their Pupil Premium funding as they are best-placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. Common ways in which schools spend their Pupil Premium fund include:
- Extra one-to-one or small group support for children within the classroom;
- Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance;
- Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the funding;
- Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them;
- Funding educational trips and visits;
- Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy; and
- Investing in resources that boost children’s learning.
At Tutshill School we provide support in four different areas and we have already been using the funding to great success.
- 1-1 tuition;
- Focus group work with a qualified teacher and higher level teaching assistants; and
- Access to specialist teachers and specialist resources.
We recognise that to make good progress, children have to be emotionally ready to learn. Pupil Premium funding provides a learning support worker who runs a lunchtime nurture group which all children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding can access.
We provide free school trips, free music group tuition or after-school sports club for any child in receipt of Pupil Premium funding.
All children are entitled to a free school meal and also a uniform grant.
How to claim your child’s pupil premium
Your child may be eligible for Free School Meals – and accordingly Pupil Premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income Support;
- Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance;
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit;
- Child Tax Credit, (provided that you’re not eligible for Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190); or
- Universal Credit.
Pupil Premium Plus funding qualifying circumstances
As an enhancement to the basic Pupil Premium funding, we can access Pupil Premium Plus funding worth £2,345 for children who:
- Have left Local Authority care as a result of :
o A Special Guardianship Order; or
o A Child Arrangements Order;
- Have been in Local Authority care for 1 day or more;
- Are recorded as being both eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years and as being/have been looked after by Local Authority care.
Frequently asked questions
Why apply for Free School Meals?
For every child who is entitled to Free School Meals, the school receives funding worth £1,345 to enhance provision and improve progress and outcomes for the children for whom the funding is given.
My child is in Reception/Infants (Key Stage 1) and receives a universal Free School Meal anyway; do I still need to apply?
Absolutely, “Yes!” You need to apply to unlock the £1,345 Pupil Premium funding available to help support your child. We are unable to obtain this for your child on your behalf – it can only be accessed by parents and carers completing the application process.
My child is eligible for Free School Meals but I don’t want to take up the offer – why am I being encouraged to apply?
Your child can still bring a packed lunch if they prefer, but by applying through the online Free School Meal Portal you ensure that school receives this funding which will be used to benefit your child. No-one need ever know that they are in receipt of Free School Meals.
What do I do if I have suggestions for the use of these funds?
Suggestions are welcome and will be considered and discussed with the Pupil Premium Lead.
Can I influence how the Pupil Premium is used?
There is no obligation for your school to consult you about how they use the money provided for your child, although some schools may involve parents. However, schools do have to show that they are using their Pupil Premium fund appropriately. This is measured through Ofsted inspections and annual performance tables showing the progress made by children who are eligible for Pupil Premium. In addition, they have to publish details online, including how much money they have been allocated, how they intend to spend it, how they spent their previous year’s allocation and how it made a difference to the attainment of the pupils receiving the funding.
What to do now
If you feel you could be eligible for free school meals, or if you would like any more information, please talk (in complete confidence) to our Headteacher, Miss Lane or our School Business Manager, Mrs Williamson in the school office. Our contact details are provided at the foot of this page
If you prefer, you can find further information in the ‘Education and Learning’ section of the Gloucestershire County Council website at:
How to apply
You can apply online here and you will receive an instant response. All you need is your National Insurance Number and your current email address.
When your application is received, your eligibility will be checked with the Department for Education, Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs. If unsuccessful, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will still receive Universal Infant Free School Meals.
For every child that is entitled to Free School Meals the school receives extra funding to enhance provision and improve progress and outcomes for children. So please apply even if you do not wish to take up your Free School Meal.