What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is an amount of money the school receives to narrow the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils (children who are eligible for Free School Meals, children in Local Authority Care and those from families with parents in the Armed Forces).
Schools are currently given £1,320 per pupil for those whose families have registered for Free School Meals (FSM). This includes any child who has been registered for FSM at any point during the past 6 years. The children of members of the armed forces are also entitled to this funding. Schools also receive a maximum of £1,900 for each pupil who has been looked after for 1 day or more; has been adopted from care or has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangement order.
How do I know if my child is eligible for Free School Meals?
Children in years R, 1 and 2 receive Universal Free School meals. This is different to Free School Meals (FSM) that are eligible for Pupil Premium.
Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- 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)
- 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.
If you think your child is eligible for Free School meals, please apply via this website. https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals#tab-2
How does the school use the Pupil Premium funding?
Schools are allocated £1,320 per child eligible for Pupil Premium however some children may require more than this to help them with their learning and other children will receive less. The school can use this funding to support the learning of all disadvantaged pupils.
Here is how we use the Pupil Premium at East Peckham Primary School.