What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium (PP) was introduced in 2011 and is additional funding provided to schools. It is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. Schools should use this funding over time to close the attainment gap between PP funded pupils and other pupils.
The pupil premium grant (PPG) provides funding for two separate policies:
Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential
Supporting children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
Funding is allocated to schools for children from Reception to Year 11. The Government gives schools pupil premium funding for:
Every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals
All children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years (Ever 6 FSM).
Children who are looked after by a local authority (LAC).
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority because of adoption, special guardianship order or child arrangement order.
Children of service personnel (Ever 6 Service Child)
Pupil Premium Rates for Eligible Pupils 2023-2024
Pupil premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 FSM
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
Service premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence
Pupil Premium at Bassett Green Primary School
Our key objective is to use the Pupil Premium funding to:
Close the attainment gap between pupil premium children and their peers
Ensure all children are supported and challenged in their learning and wider skills
Using the funding in this way will help to:
Increase pupils’ confidence and resilience across the school
Encourage pupils to be more aspirational across the school
Raise achievement and attainment across the school
Improve pupil progress across the school
Increase children’s cultural capital opportunities to support them with future success.
Free school meals
Your child would be eligible for free school meals if the child’s parent is in receipt of one of the criteria below:
Income -based Job Seeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of pension credit
Child Tax Credit Only (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit (if applied for on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year after tax and not including any benefits you may get).
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2024. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals
If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals, we ask that you use the following link to complete your details to check eligibility. It is quick and easy to do but please let us know if you need any help. https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/southampton/. If you would like us to submit an application online on your behalf, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name and class, your name, national insurance number and date of birth.
If you have any questions about pupil premium and/or free school meals, please contact Nicola Long, Pupil Premium Lead.
Looked After Children
The Department of Education defines Previously Looked-After Children as: Children who are no longer looked after by the local authority in England and Wales because they are the subject of an Adoption, Special Guardianship or Child Arrangement Order. (This currently does not include children who have been returned home to parents after being in care by the Local authority.) The child/young person must have been in care in England and Wales to qualify for Pupil Premium Plus funding. Any child attending school from the start of reception to the end of Year 11 (summer term) is eligible to receive PP+. Children who are electively home educated or are post-16 students are currently not eligible for post-LAC PP+. The Pupil Premium grant per PLAC Pupil for 2023-2024 is £2,530.