What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a source of funding made available to schools by the Government. This is targeted funding to be used to provide opportunities for disadvantaged pupils.
The national trend is that pupils who are eligible for free school meals have lower achievement than those who are not eligible. The Pupil Premium grant is to be used to help narrow this gap.
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.
How is it spent?
Common ways in which schools spend their pupil premium fund include:
- Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom.
- Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes.
- Running catch-up sessions for example for children who need extra help with maths or literacy.
- Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the pupil premium
- Providing music lessons for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.
- Funding educational trips and visits.
- Providing the support of a Pupil Wellbeing Worker to improve children's self-esteem.
- Paying for additional help such as speech and language therapy or family therapy.
- Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets.
Is my child eligible?
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-based Employment and Support allowance
- Support from the National Assylum Support Service
- Guaranteed 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
Your child’s school will be able to tell you what you need to do to register your child as eligible.
From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for 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.
It is really easy to apply. Call 0300 300 8306 and someone will help you with your application.
Pupil Premium Report
The Pupil Premium report details how funding has been spent over the last academic year and the impact that this has had on the Pupil Premium children. The Pupil Premium policy can be found on the policies page.