FSM ELIGIBILITY 2018-19
Ashmead School will receive £1,320 EXTRA each year for every child who is eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). Plus, once a child is eligible for FSM we continue to receive the extra money for the whole time the child remains with us, even if they’re not eligible any more. This money will make a massive difference to your child's attainment and progress.
PLEASE speak to us if you think your child might be eligible. It doesn’t matter whether they choose to have a lunch or not, or whether they receive free infant meals anyway- we still get the funding to help with their education.
Your child may be eligible if you get any of the following:
·Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
·Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
·Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
·The guaranteed 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Speak to the school office or Mrs Thompson if anything on the above list describes your circumstances.
PUPIL PREMIUM AT ASHMEAD
We have high aspirations and ambitions for our children and we believe that no child should be left behind. We strongly believe that it is not about where you come from but your passion and thirst for knowledge, and your dedication and commitment to learning that make the difference between success and failure, and we are determined to ensure that our children are given every chance to realise their full potential.
BACKGROUND TO PUPIL PREMIUM FUNDING
The pupil premium is a government initiative that targets extra money at pupils from deprived backgrounds. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on the number of pupils registered for FSM over a rolling six year period. This fixed amount of money has increased every year so far. At Ashmead we will be using the indicator of those eligible for FSM as well as identified vulnerable groups as our target children to 'close the gap' regarding attainment.
We have planned our spending carefully to ensure that it is spent to maximum effect. This includes;
Money is used to benefit all pupil premium children and supports higher as well as lower ability children.
The documents below show you how we have chosen to spend the pupil premium funding, each financial year, and the impact this has made.
We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be disadvantaged or underachieving. We also recognise that not all pupils who are disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being disadvantaged.