What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is a grant paid to local authorities, using the figures from the January census, for pupils registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM). The grant supports children from Reception to Year 11, who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years.
The key principles behind the funding is to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers by ensuring the funding reaches those who need it most. It is aimed at closing the attainment gap between FSM and non-FSM children.
Currently, for each FSM child, a school receives £1,320. A school receives £2,300 for each Looked after child or previously Looked after child, Eligible schools also receive £300 for Service Pupil Premium
Will my child be singled out?
No all recipients of FSM are kept confidential and this information is not shared with other parents or their children. All support is given confidentially and respectfully.
Is your child eligible for Free School Meals?
Children qualify for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less)
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
These benefits have now been rolled into a single benefit, called Universal Credit.
Universal Credit is being rolled out, with an expected completion date of March 2022. All pupils who were eligible for free school meals up to April 2018 will continue to receive free school meals during this period.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants who no longer meet the eligibility criteria will still qualify for free school meals until the end of their current stage of education (i.e. primary or secondary).
Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.
What do you do if you think you are eligible for free school meals?
If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, please use the links below to access
more information or contact the office and ask to make an appointment to see Mr Dudgeon the schools Pupil Premium leader.