What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of children who are from families with lower incomes, are 'looked after' or who have a parent in the armed forces. The grant is paid to schools for children who are or who have been eligible for free school meals within the last six years, and for children who are looked after by the local authority. The school receives £1,320 every year for each eligible child.
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, less family support, 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.
Each schools can choose how to spend thier pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children that are eligible.
Enquire with the school office and we will be able to tell you what you need to do to register your child.
Since September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 have been offered free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium funding. It also means that this money will be used to provide additional educational support for your own child.