Primary Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is an additional amount of money allocated to schools on a per pupil basis for any child who has been eligible for free school meals at any time during the preceding six years- known as Ever 6. It also applies to Looked After Children and at a reduced rate, to the children of service families.
Walsall residents can check eligibility and register for free school meals online. Click here
Non Walsall residents should seek advice from our school office staff.
At St John’s we have always had a philosophy of every child matters. This is still the case, that all children should be enabled to achieve their full potential. Pupil premium children are a specific group within our school that receive very focused and targeted support from allocated funding. Nationally, this group of children have been generally underachieving and this funding aims to remove barriers to their success at school. Our aim is for this group to be making better than expected progress.
Responsibility for this group of pupils lies with the Pupil Premium Champion, Mrs Mills, who is one of the Leading Practitioners. Our named pupil premium governor is Mrs Clark.
Our pupil premium spend is research based. Senior leaders and governors use the Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit to support our planning and spending. A large proportion of pupil premium spend is on staff with the aim of removing barriers to learning.
Barriers to learning may be social, emotional or academic. Additional support given is tailored to the needs of the child. Examples of support offered in school are:
- 1 to 1 sessions
- Small group teaching sessions
- Use of Lexia systematic literacy program
- Specialist reading resources
- Specialist trained staff
- Access to ICT equipment
- Early language development intervention
- Home visits by an attendance officer
- Smaller class sizes where staff focus on high quality written and oral feedback
- Financial support to encourage attendance of extra-curricular activities.
- Family support offered by PSA and senior staff
This list is not exhaustive as our approach is personalised. A number of our pupil premium children make year on year excellent progress and additional support may focus on enrichment and extension of their skills and abilities.
Early Years Pupil Premium
Is your child eligible?
Children are eligible if their parents are in receipt of any of these benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided families are 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 families stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal credit
In addition, a child will be eligible if they have been looked after by the local authority for at least one day or have been adopted from care or they have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order.
What is the Early Years Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium provides extra funding direct to schools to target support for named children. This additional support has been available to our older children for some time but is new for Nursery children. As a school we carefully track all children who qualify for this funding and ensure that the money is spent providing additional support. This includes specialist practitioner support, smaller group sizes, one to one tuition and additional resources.
What should I do?
If your child is eligible, we ask that you please fill in the form below. The funding that does come into school makes a huge difference to the resources available to all children. We can only receive funding if those eligible provide us with the necessary information.
Should you have any questions, please enquire at the school office.
Teaching and Learning Toolkit
Planning for pupil premium spending is steeped in research and good practice.