What is Pupil Premium ?
Many children from families who receive certain benefits are entitled to a sum of money paid to their school to boost their learning. Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. From 2012 - 2013, it was extended to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. This money is allocated to support pupils' well-being and academic and social development.
Is your child eligible?
Primary schools are given a pupil premium for:-
- Children in Reception to Year 6 who are currently entitled to free school meals based on their family income. The school receives £1345 per pupil, per school year
- Children in Reception to Year 6 who were previously entitled to benefits-based free school meals, even if they're no longer eligible now. This is available each year for six years after they stopped qualifying for free school meals
- Children in care: £2345 per pupil, per school year
- Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2345 per pupil, per school year
- Children recorded as being from service families. The school receives £310 per pupil, per school year.
How to claim your child's pupil premium
All children who currently qualify for free school meals based on their family circumstances are entitled to pupil premium. This applies if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less)
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.
We are responsible for recording the children who are eligible for pupil premium in our annual school census - you don't have to do anything yourself, other than making sure you return any paperwork that relates to the benefits you receive or your child's entitlement to free school meals.
If your child qualifies for free school meals or has at any point in the past six years, it’s important that you tell us as this enables us to claim pupil premium.
Provisions have included:-
- Sporting Activities
- 1:1 adult support
- Small group support
- 1:1 play therapy
- Counselling support
- Financial assistance with curriculum enrichment activities
- Well-being activities - e.g. Mindfulness training, yoga
- School uniform
- Access to reading material