What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives for its pupils. It is targeted at students in Reception to Year 6 who are entitled to free school meals (or have been entitled in the previous 6 years), are in Local Authority Care for 1 day or more, were recently adopted from care, have no recourse to public funds or who are the children of service personnel. It aims to ensure that these pupils benefit from the same opportunities as other students. The amount each student receives is £1345 plus extra if pupils are in local authority care. How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.
Why is there a Pupil Premium?
Nationally, pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in their school career have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. The Pupil Premium is designed to provide money to schools in order to close this gap.
How do I apply for free school meals for my child?
If you believe that your child should receive Free School Meals, please complete the following application form and send to the school with the evidence required:
How can I apply for Pupil Premium funding for my child?
You do not need to apply for Pupil Premium funding. Your child is automatically entitled if they:
· are from a service personnel family
· are looked after by the local authority/in foster care for one day or more
· have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
· have had free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
· are eligible for free school meals now. Please note, pupils can choose not to take the free school meal each day but the funding is allocated against their entitlement. We would urge any parent whose child is eligible for free school meals to apply for it as this releases the funding that can be used to support their child.
Please note that schools are free to spend this money in in any way that they feel will improve student progress within school. It is not spent on each individual student.