At Engage Academy, we aim to provide unconditional care, guidance and support for all pupils in their learning journey. We recognise that not all pupils who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged. We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for free school meals. We therefore reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil or groups of pupils the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged and in need of additional support.
Currently Engage Academy does not receive Pupil Premium for children who are dual registered with a mainstream school, and only for those single registered for more than one full term. The targeted and strategic use of pupil premium will support us in achieving our aim of helping everyone achieve their potential. We will ensure that provision is made which secures the teaching and learning opportunities that meet the needs of all pupils. As part of the additional provision made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups, we will ensure that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed through half termly monitoring of pupil progress.
Free School Meals
Schools get £1,320 for every primary age pupil, or £935 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
From April 2020 the new rates will be:
- £1,345 per primary-aged pupil
- £955 per secondary-aged pupil
- Looked-after and previously looked-after children
- Schools get £2,300 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
- Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after; they must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s Personal Education Plan.
From April 2020, the new rate will be £2,345 per eligible pupil.