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  • Pupil Premium – why is it so important? Pupil Premium – why is it so important?
    What is Pupil Premium?

    The pupil premium grant is a government scheme covering all state-funded schools in England – this includes all Northern Education Trust academies. The pupil premium grant is additional funding given to the academy for those students who qualify, to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children and to support their learning and development.

    The Government believes that the pupil premium grant is the best way to address underlying inequalities and to improve attainment of low income students. The extra financial support is aimed to help disadvantaged students have the same opportunities for educational achievement as their peers.


    Does your child qualify for pupil premium?

    Parents/carers who are in receipt of any of the following welfare benefits qualify for the pupil premium grant:

    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Working Tax Credit run-on
    • Universal Credit


    Free School Meals

    The most common reason a student receives pupil premium funding is because a parent is registered as receiving a benefit that entitles them to free school meals. This is not the same as receiving a free school meal for your child in early years and KS1.

    It is very important that parents make their school aware that their child is eligible for free school meals, as it will automatically allow the school to receive extra funding that will help improve their child’s education.


    Children with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)

    The government has permanently extended free school meal eligibility to children in all households with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), subject to maximum income thresholds. More information can be found here –


    How much is the pupil premium grant?
    • Primary schools get £1,455 for every eligible student
    • Secondary schools get £1,035 for every eligible student
    • Schools receive £2,530 for looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority and for those children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order.


    How is pupil premium spent?

    Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium funding, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. The pupil premium has to be used by the academy to enhance the individual learning of the qualifying student.

    Common ways Northern Education Trust academies spend their funding:

    • Extra one-to-one or small group support within classrooms
    • Employing extra teaching assistants to work within classes
    • Running catch up sessions for those who need extra help
    • Providing breakfast to improve attendance
    • Providing extra tuition
    • Providing music enrichment for families who cannot pay for them
    • Funding educational visits
    • Investing in resources that boost learning i.e. laptops or tablets

    Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefits from how the academy chooses to spend their pupil premium. For the 2022/23 academic year the key stage 2 results across Northern Education Trust’s 10 primary academies, for students achieving age-expected levels or above for reading, writing and maths combined, were as follows:

    • 72% of all students
    • 69% of all the trust’s students entitled to pupil premium

    The national average was 59% for all students.

    This is clear evidence of the successful deployment of pupil premium funds; closing the gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students, allowing these students to achieve their potential and improve their life chances.


    How are schools held accountable?

    The Ofsted Inspection Framework ensures that their inspectors focus on the attainment of vulnerable students and in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium grant.


    Can my child be identified as receiving free school meals?

    No, there is no way that a child can be identified within the academy as receiving free school meals. The students themselves would not be made aware – it would simply be a registration process for parents to complete.


    How do I apply?

    Follow the link to your academy’s website below, and fill in the application form. You only need to apply once, and the funding is then given for the entire period of time your child attends the academy. Applications should ideally be made by 22 September 2023.

    Abbey Park Primary Academy
    Badger Hill Primary Academy
    The Blyth Academy
    Dyke House Academy
    The Ferns Primary Academy
    Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy
    Freebrough Academy
    The Grangefield Academy
    Hetton Academy
    Hilton Primary Academy
    Kearsley Academy
    Kirk Balk Academy
    Manor Community Academy
    Merlin Top Primary Academy
    Mount Pellon Primary Academy
    North Shore Academy
    Norton Primary Academy
    The Oak Tree Primary Academy
    Red House Academy
    Thorp Academy
    Walbottle Academy
    Whitecliffe Primary Academy

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