Pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children who may be vulnerable to underachievement.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
The funding School's receive is solely dependant on the amount of children entitled to Income Based Free School Meals.
Eligibility for the Pupil Premium
All children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 qualify for free school meals regardless of their family income.
Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- 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
- Universal credit
It is vital that if you think you may be eligible or already have an entitlement that you inform the School Office, as we will not be able to claim funding for your child until we are made aware.