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Pupil Premium

Did you know that registering for Pupil Premium means that our school gets extra money?


Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils or pupils from low income families, to help support eligible pupils to reach their potential, both academically and socially.

Pupil Premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from Reception to year 11.


The government introduced the fund in April 2011 to give schools funding for children who:

  • were registered as eligible for Free School Meals

  • had been Looked After for 6 months or longer


How is the Pupil Premium funding 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 literacy.

  • 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.


However, some schools use their pupil premium in more creative ways. In the annual Pupil Premium Awards, recent winners spent their money on a bike for a child who was repeatedly late for school due to missing the bus, a nutritionist for a Year 5 child whose poor diet was causing behavioural and learning difficulties, and shoes and school uniform – including a PE kit – for a disadvantaged child in Year 3.


How do you apply for Pupil Premium Funding?

If you think you may be able to support your child’s school further by completing the application due to low income or because your child is a Looked After or Cared for Child – please do! Every bit of additional funding the school receives plays as huge part in maintaining our belief in supporting every single child in our school.


Pupil Premium Funding – most people who are in receipt of one of these are eligible for Pupil Premium Funding:

  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit. This is as long as you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual gross income isn't more than £16,190

  • Working Tax Credit 'run-on' payment (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

  • Universal Credit


My child has just started school and already has brothers and sisters who get free school meals - do I need to reapply?

Yes - you need to re-apply so that the new child can be included in the family's current free school meals award.


My children qualify for free school meals, but the school will know about my financial situation if I apply. Can I apply without the school knowing how much I receive in benefits?

The arrangements for checking benefit evidence do not disclose how much you receive, or even which benefit you receive. Therefore, the school will not be able to see this information.


To Apply:

  • Visit website.

  • Click on ‘Children and Schools’

  • Click on ‘Schools and Learning’

  • Click on ‘Free School Meals’

  • Scroll down until you see the ‘Apply for Free School Meals’ ‘Apply Now’ button

  • Click on ‘Apply Now’ (You need your National Insurance number to hand)

  • Complete the online form


If you would like any help with completing this form, then please make an appointment with the School Office and they will be able to help.

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