Pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. In the academic year of 2019 to 2020, we received £132,770.
Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in October from the following groups:
Students who are:
- Eligible for free school meals: Schools get £1,345 for every primary age pupil, or £955 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
- Looked-after and previously looked-after children: Schools get £2,345 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
Nationally there is a significant difference in the achievements of students who are eligible for Pupil Premium support and those who are not. The additional funding allows us to put in place strategies and resources which are designed to reduce this achievement gap.At Magna we are working hard to support disadvantaged students in all areas of their secondary education, from the moment they arrive in Year 7.Our aims are to ensure that:
- All students eligible for the pupil premium make outstanding academic progress
- All students eligible for the pupil premium achieve beyond expectation
- There is transparency via our reporting systems that demonstrates how and why this funding has been spent
- Any differences made to the learning and progress of students eligible for the pupil premium are shown within performance data and inspection evidence
- It is recognised that not all students who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals
- We retain the right to allocate the pupil premium funding to support any students or groups of students the Academy has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged
- Parents of disadvantaged children understand they can make a positive contribution to their children’s achievement in the Academy by engaging in relevant training and recognising that parent involvement makes a difference
Free School Meals
Free School Meals (FSM) are available to children in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- 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 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
As a parent/carer, if you consider that your child meets the eligibility criteria for FSM but does not currently receive one, you should complete this short application form on the BCP Council website.
If you provide BCP Council with your National Insurance number and date of birth, they can check your entitlement online through a secure website provided by the Department for Education. This means that you may not need to send in any paper evidence and your entitlement will continue until you stop receiving the qualifying benefit or you tell them otherwise. The Department for Education records will normally confirm whether or not you’re entitled to FSM. However, in some cases these records may not detect the qualifying benefit, in which case you will need to provide paper evidence.
Even if parents/carers wish to provide a packed lunch each day once, it is beneficial to your child and the academy to complete the FSM application as the academy is able to claim extra funding called Pupil Premium. Pupil Premium is additional funding from the Government to help improve the attainment of children receiving a FSM and looked-after children. This can include assistance with the cost of uniform, educational visits, and music lessons etc. Academy leaders decide how to spend this funding, however a detailed report is published every year on this page of our website.