Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in an effort to raise attainment between children from low-income families and their peers, plus for children in care. Dartford Primary Academy is able to decide how to spend Pupil Premium funding to ensure that suitable additional provision is in place for individual pupils. The academy is held to account as to how we spend the additional funding to support pupils from low income families and this is published on our website annually.
It is, therefore, really important to make sure all children who qualify are registered for free school meals even if you choose to send a packed lunch for them. Children in KS1 are all now entitled to a free school meal, however it is important that children who are eligible are still registered by parents/guardians so that the additional funding is provided.
In making provision for socially disadvantaged children, we recognise that not all children who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all children who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for Pupil Premium. We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium Funding to support any child or group of children Dartford Primary Academy has legitimately identified as needing additional support to achieve improved outcomes in learning and/or well-being.
Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?
Children in the Armed Forces Personnel
Looked After Children
Children adopted from care or who have left care
Children can have free school meals and are eligible for Pupil Premium if they receive any of the following:
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190
The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
If you think you may be eligible we would urge you to complete an application form, available from the School Office, and hand it to a member of the Office Staff.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.