Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
In 2011 the Government launched its pupil premium funding grant
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is an element of school funding aimed at:
Pupil Premium is an additional sum of money given to schools based on numbers of 'disadvantaged' pupils on roll - those pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and ‘Looked-After’ children (LAC) - (children in the care of the Local Authority or children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order). Pupils from service families are not deemed to be 'disadvantaged' but are also eligible for PPG. From 2012, FSM funding was extended to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years (Ever6); the same now applies to service pupils (5 years).
Prior to the introduction of the pupil premium, Halton School had sought Local Authority and other funding to launch a pilot ‘Mobility Coordinator’ project to support the needs of our service pupils. The role was widely judged to offer ‘outstanding’ pastoral support and has been made sustainable by use of the school’s pupil premium. The role has widened since its launch and Caroline Allen’s role, re-named ‘Family Support Coordinator’, now addresses the needs of all pupils and families across the school. Any child deemed vulnerable or suffering the impact of any kind of change is provided with a bespoke package of support.
A large proportion of pupil premium funding received by Halton School is in respect of service pupils; the school also has a growing number of pupils eligible for free school meal or LAC funding. As well as funding the Family Support Coordinator role, pupil premium is allocated to a range of initiatives aimed at supporting disadvantaged pupils, to ensure that they benefit from the same opportunities as other children and to help them reach their full potential.
At Halton Combined School, a full evaluation of initiatives takes place each academic year and focuses on academic attainment and on progress made both academically and socially. Where appropriate, changes in attendance, behaviour and attitudes to learning are also monitored.
It is important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child is an Infant pupil and has Universal Infant Free School meals or does not wish to have a hot meal, so that we can access pupil premium funding that we can use to help your child. The school office has a simple form that families can use to check their eligibility or you can speak, in confidence, to Mr Colin Horsfield, the Head teacher, or Mrs Caroline Allen, the Family Support Coordinator.
If you have any further queries about the way that Pupil Premium funding is used at Halton School please do not hesitate to talk to Mr Colin Horsfield, the Headteacher.
Pupil Premium funding at Halton School
Please see the report below