Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to help raise the attainment of pupils. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been: Registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years and been in care for 6 months or longer. In the financial year 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016, pupil premium funding will be:
- £1,320 for each eligible primary aged pupil
- £935 for each eligible secondary aged pupil and
- £1,900 for those in care
Which Children at This School are Eligible for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium?
Your child is eligible if you are claiming:
- Income Support or
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance; or
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance; or
- Child Tax Credit, but who are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) does not exceed £16,190; or
- Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999; or
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Families in receipt of Working Tax Credit are not entitled for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium.
- From 1st May 2009 those entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, are entitled to Free School Meals.
- The PP will only be awarded to your school if you apply for FSM, however, please note your child is not required to have the FSM if they prefer not to.
Note: Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals.
How Does The School Get The Money?
If your child is eligible, in order for the school to get the Pupil Premium funding your child MUST be registered for free school meals. You can register your child for free school meals if you are claiming any of the above.
How to Register
You can register your child for free school meals by clicking here to download the form and to return to the school office (forms are also available at the school office).
Important Things to Know
The £1,320 per year per child is in addition to the money to pay for their free school meals.
Your child only needs to be registered for free school meals. They don't have to eat them. They can still bring a packed lunch.
Your child will continue to attract Pupil Premium funding for six years after they have stopped being eligible for free school meals, whichever school they attend - that's at least £5,400 to support your child's education. So even if you will only be claiming one of the above benefits for a short while, it is really worth the effort of registering your child for free school meals.
Free School Meals for KS1 Children
All Reception/KS1 children receive a free meal as part of the Government's Universal Infants FSM Programme. Please click here to download the application form and return to the school office (forms are also available at the school office).