The government has awarded money to Hillingdon Council as part of the COVID Winter Grant Scheme to provide support to vulnerable households and families with children affected by the pandemic during the winter period.
The funding will be used to help those struggling to meet the cost of food and utility bills. As school holidays can be a particularly challenging time for families, anyone with children eligible for benefits-related free school meals will receive a COVID-19 winter payment from Hillingdon Council.
Further information about the scheme can be found on the council’s website at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/winter-grant
* We are continuing to monitor the grants impact and the expenditure will be evaluating the impact of this in March 2021 for the period since September 2019 *
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.
What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding that the government gives to schools for each pupil deemed to be disadvantaged. The money must be spent to support their education and it is for each individual school to determine how it is spent, schools are free to spend it as they wish to improve pupils’ attainment.
Who is eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is allocated to pupils in school year groups from Reception to Year 11 from low income families who are registered for Free School Meals or who have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6’), together with children that have been in care continuously for 6 months or more.
How do parents register their child’s entitlement for Pupil Premium?
Parents can apply for Free School Meals online at https://myfreeschoolmeals.com and get an immediate answer. Please notify the school (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you have applied and bring the necessary documentation into the school office to support your application.
Further information can be found at http://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/6510/Free-school-meals
Pupils do not have to take up their entitlement to a free meal but Local Authorities and schools recommend that they do.
What is the Service Premium?
The service premium is extra funding for schools to support children and young people with parents in the armed forces.
Who receives the Service Premium?
Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria:
- one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
- they have been registered as a ‘service child’ in the school census at any point since 2011
- one of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) or the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
How are parents informed about the use of the Pupil Premium funding?
Information will be published on the school website every year. For those parents that are not able to access the internet, a paper copy of this information will be available.
Review of PP Spend 2019-2020
Due to the changes to educational provision caused by COVID-19, the detail in the Pupil Premium strategy has been subject to review since April 2020. Our use of funding has been adapted to meet the students' needs as they have arisen, whilst maintaining where possible the statements outlined in the document and in other related to the PPG.
During lockdown, the following steps were taken to ensure that 'disadvantaged' pupils' barriers to learning will continue to be overcome wherever possible:
- Children to attend school
- Equip children to have the correct resources/tools to complete home learning
- Home visits, phone calls and continual engagement with families and children for support
School leaders with responsibility for Pupil Premium have drawn on the publications below from the Children's commissioner and the EEF (Education Endowment Foundation)