National statistics have identified a gap between the educational attainment of children from ‘disadvantaged’ and ‘lower income’ families and their peers. In an attempt to narrow this gap the Government introduced the Early Years Pupil Premium in April 2015. This is some additional funding for children age 3-4 years which comes into schools in addition to their main budget, targeted directly at children fall into this category.
What This Means to Our School?
The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53p per hour for three and four year olds whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who were formerly in local authority care but left care because they were adopted or subject to a special guardianship or child arrangements order. This means an extra £302 per year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education.
When a child joins F1 all parents are asked to complete a Pupil Premium form which helps us to assess if their child will be eligible for this extra funding, all information provided is treated in the strictest confidence and shared only with the County Council to confirm eligibility.
Schools are required to use this money to support the education of the eligible children and to narrow the gap between them and their peers and we will be held accountable for how we choose to use the additional funds.
How we Propose to Narrow the Gap using this Funding?
Here at The Flying High Academy, this extra funding may be used in a variety of ways depending on the individual needs of the current cohort of pupils. This might include:
All staff are very skilled at identifying and targeting gaps in any child’s learning and in supporting them to fill these gaps, this additional funding will allow us to do this even more effectively.
Each year we will provide a full breakdown of how we use this funding to support the children and the impact it has on their achievement.
It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school, so we welcome this additional funding which will help us give all the children attending our school the best start possible.