Introduced in April 2011 by the government, Pupil Premium provides additional funding to schools to target specific groups of children who are vulnerable to underachievement. It supports disadvantaged pupils and closes the attainment gap between them and their peers. These include pupils from low income families who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years, children in care, and children of armed service personnel.
What are the aims of the Pupil Premium?
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to raise the achievement and aspirations of disadvantaged groups of children. The link between free school meal eligibility and underachievement has been recognised. The Pupil Premium seeks to tackle this inequality in educational outcomes. The Premium is intended to help schools to provide targeted support to improve the life chances of children from lower income families and young people who face additional challenges in their lives so that they can reach their full potential.
It is a time-limited grant providing over £300 million of additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021/22 academic year and £1 billion across the 2022/23 and 2023/24 academic years.
It is focused on pupils who are eligible for pupil premium and pupils in specialist settings such as:
- special schools
- special units
- pupil referral units (PRUs)
This is because of the additional impact of the pandemic on these students.
If your child is eligible for free school meals, it is worth registering them even if they're not going to have the school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding we receive in the form of the Pupil Premium grant, and will maximize the support we can provide.
Parental support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards.
If you would like help or advice with supporting your child, please contact Head Teacher, Mrs Crow or Chair of Governors, Mrs Jenni Holland.
Your child may be entitled to Free School Meals, if you are entitled to receive any of the following:
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 (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 - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)