Charging and Remissions

Agreed by Local School Committee: October 2019,

Review: Autumn 2020

CHARGING AND REMISSIONS POLICY

Introduction

This policy has been formulated in accordance with Authority’s guidance on: Charging for School Activities by the Local School Committee.

Aim

The aim of this policy is to set out what charges will be levied for activities, what remissions will be implemented and the circumstances under which voluntary contributions will be requested from parents.

Responsibilities

Beckfoot Trust delegates the responsibility for determining the content of the policy to the Local School Committee and the Head teacher for implementation. 

Prohibition of Charges

 The Local School Committee recognises that the legislation prohibits charges for the following:

  • education provided during school hours (including the supply of any materials, books, instruments or other equipment);
  • education provided outside school hours if it is part of the National Curriculum, or
  • part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education;
  • tuition for pupils learning to play musical instruments if the tuition is required as part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education;
  • entry for a prescribed public examination, if the pupil has been prepared for it at the school;
  • examination re-sit(s) if the pupil is being prepared for the re-sit(s) at the school;
  • education provided on any trip that takes place during school hours;
  • education provided on any trip that takes place outside school hours if it is part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education;
  • supply teachers to cover for those teachers who are absent from school accompanying pupils on a residential trip;
  • transporting registered pupils to or from the school premises, where the local education authority has a statutory obligation to provide transport;
  • transporting registered pupils to other premises where the governing body or local education authority has arranged for pupils to be educated; 
  • transport that enables a pupil to meet an examination requirement when he has been prepared for that examination at the school;
  • transport provided in connection with an educational trip.
Publication of Information

This policy is signposted to parents in the school prospectus so that parents are aware of what charges will or not be made, and what voluntary contributions will be asked for. 

Charges will be made for the following

(a) board and lodging on residential visits (not to exceed the costs)

(b) the proportionate costs for an individual child of activities wholly or mainly outside school hours

(‘optional extras’) to meet the costs for:

(i) travel (ii) materials and equipment (iii) non-teaching staff costs (iv) entrance fees (v) insurance costs

(c) individual tuition in the playing of a musical instrument unless the school teaches an instrument as part of the curriculum.

(d) any other education, transport or examination fee unless charges are specifically  prohibited.

(e) breakages and replacements as a result of damages caused wilfully or negligently by pupils.

(f) extra-curricular activities and school clubs.

(See also Annex 1 paragraph 6).

Remissions

Children whose parents are in receipt of the following support payments will, in addition to having a free school lunch entitlement, also be entitled to the remission of charges for board and lodging costs during residential school trips and to £15 towards the cost of uniform. The relevant support payments are:

a) Income Support;

b) Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance;

c) Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;

d) Child Tax Credit, where the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annual income (as assessed by The Inland Revenue) does not exceed the prescribed amount for the financial year to which this policy applies;

e) the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit.

In respect of (d) above account will be taken of any revision to the amount as advised by the Authority.

The Head teacher reserves the right to use discretion when charging for families not in receipt of the above.

 
Voluntary Contributions

Parents will be invited to make a voluntary contribution for the following:

a) educational visits

b) extra curricular events in school c) equipment

d) enhancing pupil well being.

he terms of any request made to parents will specify that the request is for a voluntary contribution and in no way represents a charge.

In addition the following will be made clear to parents:

a) that the contribution is genuinely voluntary and a parent is under no obligation to pay; and

b) that registered pupils at the school will not be treated differently according to whether or not their parents have made any contribution in response to the request.

The responsibility for determining the level of voluntary contribution is delegated to the Headteacher.

Voluntary contributions will be used to:

a)  subsidise the cost of educational visits/activities

b)  contribute to the cost of additional staffing for activities.

c)  contribute to the cost of specialist equipment where appropriate.

d)  contribute to the cost of additional food items required in school, eg. Snack, food technology. e) ensure the health and safety of pupils when taking part in activities.