What is it?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. This funding is in addition to main school funding, and is seen by the Government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. Children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months are also included.
Who gets this additional funding?
Schools get this additional funding and it is for the school to decide how the Pupil Premium, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
How is the Pupil Premium allocated?
This extra funding is allocated to schools per free school meal pupil and for any looked after pupil (providing it is for more than six months). It’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents / carers must have applied and be entitled if they wanted one.
Children are entitled to Free School Meals if their parents, carers or guardians receive any of the following:
- Income support
- Income based job seekers allowance
- Income related employment and support allowance
- Guarantee pension credit
- Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and an annual income lower than the limit set by the Government
- Working Tax Credit Run On because you have ceased work or reduced your working hours to less than 16 per week
For further information on the Pupil Premium please visit the Education website.