What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is a Government initiative which was introduced in 2011 to provide funding in schools, to support low income children and help narrow the gap in attainment. In the school year 2014 – 2015, the Pupil Premium for eligible children was £1300, which rose in the next academic year to £1320. Children eligible for Pupil Premium are classed as ‘Ever 6’, those who are, or have been Free School Meals (FSM) within the past six years. Children In Care (CIC) and those in adoptive families are entitled to a grant of £1900 and Service children a grant of £300.
How to help:
If you receive one or more of the following we could claim Pupil Premium funding which could help your child benefit with one to one tuition, educational resources or financial assistance with school trips and after school clubs:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (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
It is therefore important to apply if you are eligible, to ensure the school receives the Pupil Premium grant, as it will have a positive effect on your child’s time in school.
How to apply for free school meals/pupil premium for Key Stage 2:
To apply for free schools meals/pupil premium please complete the online application form. Click here
How to apply for pupil premium for Foundation & Key Stage 1:
All children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to receive a free school meal, regardless of income, in line with the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative. There is no need to make an application for Free School Meals to the Local Authority for parents of these children. However, as this is now automatic, they are not ‘Ever 6’, and school does not receive Pupil Premium. So the school can apply for pupil premium please complete the attached form and hand in to the school office with the relevant documentation to prove your eligibility.