Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding is additional funding allocated to schools to support disadvantaged pupils. Hetton Lyons Primary School receives pupil premium for: children that are cared for or adopted from care; and for every pupil who has received free school meals over the last 6 years.

Primary schools are given a pupil premium for:

  • Children in Reception to Year 6 who are, or have ever been, entitled to free school meals based on their family income: £1320 per pupil, per school year
  • Children in care: £2300 per pupil, per school year
  • Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2300 per pupil, per school year
  • Children recorded as being from service families: £300 per pupil, per school year

How can I find out if my child is entitled to Pupil Premium?
The easiest way to check if you are entitled to free school meals is by calling the school office on 0191-5634200 between 10am and 4pm. The staff will go through the process with you in complete confidence.

Children qualify for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less)
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less

These benefits have now been rolled into a single benefit, called Universal Credit. 

Universal Credit is being rolled out, with an expected completion date of March 2022. All pupils who were eligible for free school meals up to April 2018 will continue to receive free school meals during this period.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants who no longer meet the eligiblilty criteria will still qualify for free school meals until the end of their current stage of education (i.e. primary or secondary).

Children in Reception and KS1 are automatically entitled to a free school lunch; however we ask all parents to register their child when they start school. This ensures the school receives the maximum funding. 

How is the funding used?
At Hetton Lyons Primary School we ensure that the pupil premium is used effectively to support each child to achieve their best. We recognise that barriers to achievement take many forms and look for individual ways to to support children. We do this by offering our children a wide range of opportunities and ensuring that these are available for everyone. We work with our families to make sure everyone has high aspirations. We ensure that pupil premium children are represented on the school council and take a full role in school life. In addition to this we make use of educational research such as the Sutton Trust Teaching and Learning Toolkit , to guide us on how to best use the school's resources to improve the outcomes for our disadvantaged pupils.

What support do we offer?
The support we provide is made up of different elements these include:

Enriching the Curriculum-Workshop and theatre  performances, free after school club places, specialist teaching in PE and music, subsidised visits. PE offered before school and during breaktimes.

Targeted Support-small group and individual support, speech and language support, booster groups, reading support and key year group support.

Extended School Support- subsidised music lessons, free/subsidised before school/ after school childcare, support with starting school.

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