The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant provides additional per pupil funding on top of the existing funding allocated to schools, addressing the disparities between pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers.
It is for schools to decide how best to spend the additional funding, as we are better placed to assess what provision should be made for the individual pupils. Schools are free to spend the Pupil premium, but are accountable for how it has been used.
If your child is eligible for free school meals, they may also be entitled to a sum of money paid to their school to boost their learning.
What is the pupil premium?
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Is our child eligible?
Did you know that registering your child for ‘Pupil Premium’ means that the school is able to claim funding to provide extra resources for your child? Register now to make sure we don’t miss out.
‘Pupil Premium’ funding is an extra amount of money paid direct to the school from the government for every child, who meets any of the following criteria:
- Pupils eligible for a Free School Meal
- Children adopted from care, along with children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991, and those that left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005
- Pupils whose parents are in the armed forces or have been in the last five years.
We believe that this money can make a big difference to your child’s education. In 2017-18 each school will receive an extra £1320 for each child eligible for free school meals, £1,900 for each child who is adopted or who has left care, and £300 for each child whose parents serve (or have served) in the armed forces.
With this money we can provide extra resources for your child.
How does it work?
- First, check if you qualify using the three bullet points at the top of the first page. If you are unsure about Free School Meals, please look at the list at the bottom of this page or contact us for further advice. If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal, extra benefits and the school gets £1320 extra to support their learning. If you don’t want your child to have the school meals they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets £1320 extra to support their learning.
- Registering is really quick and easy – if you think you qualify, contact Mr Merriam who will help you to register.
Registration is confidential and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. Please talk to us about registering your child today.
Do you qualify for free school meals?
- You can register your child for free school meals if you get any of these benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
- Anyone entitled to Working Tax Credit is not entitled to Pupil Premium regardless of income.