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Marlfields Primary Academy receives a ‘Disadvantaged Grant’ from the Government for each child that is eligible for free school meals (‘FSM’), or has been eligible at any time in the last six years. This is not part of the Universal Free School Meal for Reception to Year 2. A similar grant is also received for children in the care of the Local Authority (LAC), children of armed forces personnel and children who have been adopted. As a school we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities met the needs of all the pupils. Therefore we believe that children benefit when it is possible to keep teaching groups within a reasonable range. Funding is allocated following a needs analysis to identify priority classes, groups or individuals.
To meet this philosophy at Marlfields Primary Academy we are committed to using the Disadvantaged Grant to employ additional teaching staff (teachers and/or teaching assistants) to enable the school to create additional sets across the year groups where needed and continue with 1 to 1, 1 to 3 or small group teaching where needed. This does impact on the pupils who create the Pupil Premium funding as it allows the school to teach to smaller groups. Should these pupils require the additional support then their needs are seen as a priority. Also funding is used to support educational visits these children may be required to go on.
The entire grant that we are entitled to on account of our children being, or having been, eligible for FSM is very important to us and if you think your child is eligible for FSM, please contact the school to discuss this in complete confidence.
It is out intention to enhance provision for our disadvantaged children by: