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Pupil Premium

Introduced in April 2011, the Pupil Premium Grant is a Government initiative that provides additional funding aimed to ‘address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.'

The Pupil Premium is provided in order to support these pupils in reaching their potential by accelerating their progress.

There are three main groups of ‘disadvantaged’ pupils:

  • Those registered for free school meals (FSM), plus those who have claimed FSM at any point in the last six years.
  • Those who have been looked after children (LAC) continuously by the local authority for more than six months.
  • Those who are children of service personnel or whose parents have been killed in service and receive a service pension.

Parents/Carers can claim FSM for their children if they receive benefits that include:

  • Income support
  • Income based job seekers allowance
  • Child tax credit but NOT working tax credit and the household income is not more that £16,190.
  • The guarantee element of state pension credit (from 30 April 2005)
  • Support under part vi of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

 Overall Objectives

St. Thomas of Canterbury School will ensure that the Pupil Premium funding reaches the groups of pupils for whom it was intended and that it makes a significant impact on their education and lives.

The Pupil Premium will be used to provide additional educational and emotional support to improve the progress, raise the achievement and well- being for these pupils. 

The funding will be used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers

We will use the additional funding to address any underlying inequalities between children eligible for Pupils Premium and others.

St. Thomas of Canterbury's Pupil Premium Strategies



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