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 qualified for Pupil Premium if you received any of the following benefits prior to April 2018:
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
These benefits have now been rolled into a single benefit, called Universal Credit. From April 2018, free school meals and Pupil Premium will only be allocated to pupils with a family income under £7400 (net) per year.
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.
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 2018-19
Pupil Premium Evaluation 2017-2018