Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Schools are given a Pupil Premium for:
- Children who are or have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day.
- Children from service families who receive a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
- Children whose parents receive certain benefits and are therefore entitled to free school meals.
If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium, the school will get additional funding for your child’s education.
Can my child get free school meals?
All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 get free school meals (universal free school meals) regardless of your income. But if you or your partner do receive a qualifying benefit please apply or the school won’t get the Pupil Premium funding.
Many parents do not realise that the school may be missing out on additional funding, make sure you apply so the school gets the extra funding.
Coronavirus update: There is no requirement to continue to provide universal infant free school meals to pupils in reception, year 1 or year 2 who are unable to attend school. Children in those year groups who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals will be supported and entitled to collect a weekly food voucher. If you think you are eligible and haven’t already had a voucher, you must register for benefits-related free school meals. If you are already registered but have not had a voucher please contact the school office email@example.com
If you or your partner receive any of the following benefits you can apply for free school meals/Pupil Premium.
- Universal Credit – your household earned annual income must be less than £7,400 after tax and not including any benefits
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income related Employment Support Allowance
- Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed part of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit – with no Working Tax Credit and your annual household income is no more than £16,190 , as assessed by the Inland Revenue
How long will my child get free school meals?
There is no change to eligibility criteria if you receive a legacy benefit.
If you receive or are moving to Universal Credit, your child will get free school meals until March 2022, regardless of any changes to you or your partner’s income.
After March 2022, existing children who no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.
- If your child is in year 4 in 2022, they will receive free school meals until they finish primary school. They will not be eligible in secondary school if you and your partner’s income is more than £7,400 per year.
- If your child is in year 9 in 2022, they will receive free school meals until they finish secondary school even if your income is more than £7,400 per year.
Before you apply
- If you’re a foster parent you cannot apply for free school meals as you already receive funding.
- If you already receive free school meals for a child and just want to add another child, contact the benefits service who will be able to check if the additional child is eligible.
- If you get Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support, contact the benefits service who will be able to check if your child is eligible.
How to apply
Apply online and get an instant decision. The local authority will inform your child’s school.
Remember, if your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 and you receive a qualifying benefit, make sure you apply so the school gets the extra funding.
As all children between ages 4-7 currently have free school meals many parents do not realise that the school may be missing out on additional funding.
If you think you may be eligible for Pupil Premium please inform the school office or a member of the Leadership Team or click on this link to apply directly with Liverpool City Council.
How Pupil Premium funding is used by school
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.
Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its Pupil Premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support.
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2019-2020
Pupil Premium Strategy Statement & Evaluation 2018-19