Pupil Premium at Hutton Rudby Primary School The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units. Pupil premium funding makes a huge difference to schools. If you are eligible for Free School Meals, particularly in the Lower Phase where they are free this year, please still fill out the paperwork – it makes a huge difference to the school! The basis on which pupil premium funding is calculated will not be affected by the introduction of UIFSM (Universal Infant Free School Meals). The funding for the Pupil Premium Grant is informed by data collected in the School Census. Data on FSM-eligible pupils will continue to be collected by the department annually, through the School Census (for mainstream settings) and the Alternative Provision census (for non-mainstream settings). If you receive any of the benefits below, please phone 01609 533405 and state that your child should be eligible for Pupil Premium. Even if you are not quite sure, it is worth checking. • Income – based Jobseekers Allowance • Income – related Employment and Support Allowance • Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit • Child Tax Credit ( with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190 • Working Tax Credit run-on • Universal Credit All members of staff, governors and teaching assistants at Hutton Rudby Primary School accept responsibility for ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within a caring environment. This is an essential, integral part of the spiritual development of the whole school community. As with every child in our care, a child who is considered to be ‘socially disadvantaged’ is valued, respected and entitled to develop to his/her full potential, irrespective of need. The Government have used pupils entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) as an indicator for deprivation, and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per pupil, based on the number of pupils registered for Free School meals. At Hutton Rudby Primary School, we will be using the indicator of those eligible for Free School meals as our target children to ‘narrow the gap’ regarding attainment. The Government are not dictating how schools should spend this money, but are clear that schools will need to employ the strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment, and ‘narrow the gap’. Schools will be accountable for narrowing the gap. In order to meet the above requirements, the Governing Body of Hutton Rudby Primary School will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils. In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, the Governors of the school recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. The Governors also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. The Governors reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil of groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged. The Governors will ensure that there is an annual statement available on the school’s website on how the Pupil Premium funding has been used to address the issue of ‘narrowing the gap’, for socially disadvantaged pupils.