Pupil Premium & Free School Meals
Pupil Premium targets additional money at pupils from the most deprived background to help them achieve their full potential.
Eligibility for the Pupil Premium has been extended to pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. As a group, these children nationally have consistently lower attainment than those who have never been eligible for FSM.
Schools have been given the freedom to spend the Pupil Premium, which is additional to the underlying school budget, in a way they think will best support improving the achievement of these vulnerable pupils.
Pupil Premium is also provided for children in care who have been looked after for more than six months, recognising that they need additional support to help them raise their educational achievement. It is also provided for children of parents in the armed services.
Pupil Premium creates a fund for children entitled to Free School Meals, now or in the past five years, to use to provide access to:
- School trips, extracurricular activities and opportunities to develop confidence and boost learning;
- Additional individual or small group tuition programmes for those children who need support in their learning to reach their potential; e.g. small group reading, writing or maths tuition;
- Individual musical instrument hire and tuition;
- Supporting the cost of a Learning Mentor to work with pupils to overcome barriers to learning.
To support children’s learning in the classroom by:
- Ensuring that the adult to child ratio enables all children to benefit from guided group work.
- Ensuring that the children who qualify for FSM have their needs clearly identified and their progress closely monitored through school.
- Supporting further intervention in learning when this would help a FSM child reach their potential
The school is required by the government to publish to parents how the Pupil Premium has been spent. Please use the link below to access the report for Pupil Premium spending in 2016 - 2017.
Who is eligible for free school meals?
You can apply for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:
- 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 Guarantee element of the State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less)
- Working Tax Credit 'run-on' (the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)