The Early Years Pupil Premium
From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers have been able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.
National data and research tells us 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 with 64% of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium will provide us with extra funding to close this gap.
This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 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.
Therefore we ask that ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS to fill in the attached form and return with proof of benefit to the school office. This will allow us to claim the additional Early Years Pupil Premium. All forms completed will entitle the parent to a £10 Tesco gift card.
Key Stage 1 Pupil Premium
From September 2014 all children who are in reception, year 1 or year 2 in a state-funded school will be offered a free healthy school lunch.
Registering for free meals could raise an extra £1,300 for your child’s school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.
This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the welfare benefits listed in the form. It is therefore important to sign up for free school meals, even if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2, so that your child’s school receives as much funding as possible.
How the information in this form will be used
The information you provide in this form will be used by the council to confirm receipt of one of the listed welfare benefits. Once this is confirmed, this helps to decide how much money your child’s school will receive each year.
You only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at their current school.
Therefore we ask that ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS to fill in the attached form and return with proof of benefit to the school office. This will allow us to claim the additional Pupil Premium. All forms completed will entitle the parent to a £10 Tesco gift card.