What is Pupil Premium?
The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant provides additional funding to schools specifically for:
- Children from low income families who are eligible for free school meals or who have been eligible at any point in the last 6 years.
- Looked after children (adopted / fostered).
- Children with parents in the Armed forces.
It is to be used by schools, to enable these pupils to reach their potential.
It is for schools to decide how best to spend the additional funding. Schools are also accountable for how it has been used. Please see the Pupil Premium Strategy below for more details.
Do you qualify for free school meals?
We believe that this money can make a big difference to your child’s education.
This year the amount allocated to each school per eligible pupil is now:
- £1455 for FSM or Ever 6 FSM pupils.
- £2530 for Looked After Children.
- £320 for Children of Service Personnel.
If your financial or family circumstances change you may be entitled to Free School Meals. You can complete a short online form to find out if you are eligible, then as well as getting a daily meal, your child will also benefit in the ways outlined above.
With this money we can provide extra resources for your child.
You can register your child for free school meals if you get any of these benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- 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 gross income of no more the £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit with annual take home pay/met earnings below £7,400 (which equals £616.67 per month) benefits not included.
Registration is confidential, quick and easy and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.
Please click here to access North Somerset Council's online checker.
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 £1455 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 £1455 extra to support their learning.