At Yattendon Primary School, in line with our core statement, we pride ourselves in 'enriching every pupil with a love of learning.'
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well than their peers. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates. Schools are given a pupil premium for:
Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years.
Children who have been looked after under local authority care.
If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals, please do not hesitate to contact the school office for further information. Please be assured that any application would be in the strictest confidence. You can apply for free school meals online at: https://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=28013 or by calling West Berkshire Council on 01635 503622, and they will check your eligibility for you.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it is important to tell school - even if they bring a packed lunch - as this enables us to claim the pupil premium funding.
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible. Common ways in which schools spend this money include access to high quality support from trained teaching assistants to support learning in the classroom, extra 1:1 tuition, access to an Emotional Learning Support Assistant or the Emotional Health Academy, funding of after school clubs/enrichment activities and subsidy of school trips.
The impact of this funding is that all children make progress both academically and socially, are able to access out of school clubs alongside their peers, take part fully in school trips and have access to high quality emotional support. In short, the funding ensures that all children have, as far as possible, the same life chances, in order to thrive during their primary school career.