Pupil Premium

 What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is Government money designed to help pupils who are registered to receive (or have been registered in the last 6 years) Free School Meals.

In 2013-14 the funding allocated is £900 per child. For the school year 2012-2013, the amount was £600 per child.

For the school year 2013-14 the FitzWimarc School received £72,901

For the school year 2012-13 the FitzWimarc School received £97,498

How can I access this funding for my child?

The school must assess how it best sees fit to support individual pupils and this may mean that some funding can be used to support academic trips and educational resources.

 If you would like financial support for a school trip, please contact Mrs Hitchens our Extra Opportunities Co-ordinator.

School trip reply slips should not be returned with the assumption that support with funding is readily available.  You must contact Mrs Hitchens first to see if financial help can be obtained.   Not all trips can be funded and funding towards trips is assessed on a case-by-case basis, so please do not assume that because your child is (or has been) registered to receive free school meals that it will automatically be funded in full, or part.

If your child/ward needs any equipment or resources for school, such as revision guides, folders or even basic equipment such as writing equipment, please contact Mrs Hitchens.

We welcome the ideas of parents and carers of children registered to receive the funding to let us know what they think will most help.

Am I eligible? How can I apply for free school meals for my child?

You may be eligible to claim Free School Meals for your child/ward if you receive any of the following:

  • income support or income-based Job Seekers Allowance;
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of less than £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit;
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. 

You are not eligible if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit.

If you would like further information about claiming free school meals please contact Mrs Hitchens or Mr Hill, Extra Opportunities Co-Ordinators on 01268 743884.

Alternatively you can find details about applying for free school meals on the Essex County Council website at:

www.essex.gov.uk/educationawards

What has the money been spent on?

Some pupils have benefitted from extra tuition in English and Mathematics, but we have also tried to help stretch them further by building their confidence or helping them to aim high, by doing things such as providing them with a mentor, going on trips or visits, or taking part in activities to develop social or language skills. 

2013-14

Curriculum Support
We have used our Pupil Premium allocation to support the curriculum in a number of ways.

  • books
  • IT office equipment
  • IT learning resources
  • musical instruments
  • educational equipment and materials
  • classroom furniture
  • office furniture and materials

Student Support
We have used our Pupil Premium for supporting groups and individuals as follows;

  • course fees
  •  professional fees
  • other hired services
  • reprographics charges
  • pupil support courses
  • PE clothing
  • provision of pupil meals
  • toilet and medical sundries
  • exam fees expenditure
     

Educational Visits
Students were supported through the funding and part funding of educational visits as follows;

  • Educational visit costs
  • pupil transport
  • teacher/technician pay

Total expenditure £69,801.32

Pupil Premium 2013-14 - Evaluation of impact

Initial analysis of the 2013-14 GCSE examination results shows that, in terms of value-added (which remain estimates until the publication of official figures around January 2015), pupil premium students have performed in line with national expectations in all of the EBACC subject areas. Initial analysis suggests that the value added level has risen in each of maths, English and science for pupil premium students over 2012-13 levels.

Year 7 catch-up funding 2013-14 - Evaluation of Impact

Yr7 pupils made on average, one whole level of progress in English and two sub-levels in English and Mathematics.

2012-13

Curriculum Support
We have used our Pupil Premium allocation to support the curriculum in a number of ways.

  • books
  •  IT office equipment
  • IT learning resources
  •  musical instruments
  • educational equipment and materials

Student Support
We have used our Pupil Premium for supporting groups and individuals as follows;

  • course fees
  • professional fees
  • other hired services
  •  reprographics charges
  • pupil support courses
  • PE clothing
     

Educational Visits
Students were supported through the funding and part funding of educational visits as follows;

  • Educational visit costs
  • pupil transport
  • teacher/technician pay

Total expenditure £52,399.62

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