What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is an allocation of funding provided to schools to support children who may be vulnerable to underachievement. The amount received is dependent on the number of children who are eligible and have claimed for free school meals at any time in the last six years. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding and how this is being used. Where there are 10 or more children eligible for pupil premium on roll, the school is required to publicise the impact on the School Website.
For more details about pupil premium please visit the DfE website here.
If you qualify for pupil premium this could be spent to help:
- support your child in the classroom
- pay for music lessons
- pay for school trips (including residential trips)
- provide free school milk
- provide free school meals
If you are eligible for Pupil Premium, your child will receive a free school jumper or cardigan as soon as the school receives confirmation from the local authority
Apply for Pupil Premium & Free School Meals
Your child may be able to get pupil premium & free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child may also get Pupil Premium & free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education