What is Pupil Premium?
In April 2011, the Government introduced the Pupil Premium. This additional funding was allocated to children from low-income families who were known to be eligible for Free School Meals in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who had been in Local Authority Care continuously for more than six months.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals and those who are not, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it most. Since its introduction, the eligibility criteria has expanded to include pupils from Service families and pupils who do not currently receive Free School Meals but have done so previously within the past six years. This provision is known as ‘Ever-6’. For those students who are under the care of the local authority or have been adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, the school receives £2345 to support their progress.
To register your child as eligible you need to see the school office staff, who can organise a check for eligibility.
From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 qualify for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that we know – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium.
Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.