Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium is extra money paid to the school to help us give additional support to some children who may need it. The support can vary from teaching help to supporting a school trip.

The money is based on the number of children who are registered for Free School Meals, or have been registered at any time in the last 6 years.

The money is spent carefully and not used in the general budget. We make sure it is spent on supporting children who are vulnerable to under achievement.

IS YOUR CHILD ELIGIBLE?


Primary schools are given a pupil premium for:

  • Children in Reception to Year 6 who are, or have ever been, entitled to free school meals based on their family income: £1320 per pupil, per school year

  • Children in care: £2300 per pupil, per school year

  • Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2300 per pupil, per school year

  • Children recorded as being from service families: £300 per pupil, per school year

 

HOW IS PUPIL PREMIUM MONEY SPENT?

Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.

Common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium fund include:

  • Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.

  • Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.

  • Running catch-up sessions before or after school, for example for children who need extra help with Maths or English.

  • Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.

  • Providing extra tuition for able children.

  • Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.

  • Funding educational trips and visits.

  • Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.

  • Funding English classes for children who speak another language at home.

  • Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR CHILD’S PUPIL PREMIUM

 

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.

Schools are responsible for recording the children who are eligible for pupil premium in their annual school census - you don't have to do anything yourself, other than making sure you return any paperwork that relates to the benefits you receive or your child's entitlement to free school meals.

 

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell their school – even if they're in Reception or KS1 and receive universal school meals for infant pupils, or are in KS2 and take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim pupil premium.

Parent Pupil Premium Information text  obtained from the website 'The School Run'​

The Parents Guide to the Pupil Premium

www.theschoolrun.com

CLICK HERE to apply for free school meals