Pupil Premium is additional funding from the Government to support pupils facing challenges to do their very best at school. These pupils might be from families with lower incomes, families facing unemployment or pupils who have been ‘looked after’. This funding can provide meals at lunchtime if the parent(s) wish, but also currently means that the school is given additional money for those eligible children to support their learning or development needs and to diminish differences. If parents have been awarded Pupil Premium we continue to be allocated funding to support their child for six years even if they become no longer eligible for free school meals (say for example, a parent starts a new job). This is called “Ever 6”. For pupils who have been adopted from Local Authority care we receive funding at a higher rate which is called “Pupil Premium Plus” as it is recognised that these pupils may well have a higher level of needs. Currently pupil premium is £1320 per pupil.
Free School Meals
When Universal Free School Meals were introduced for all Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One pupils, some parents did not know that they can still apply for Free School Meals (Pupil Premium) for their children because this funding doesn’t just mean a meal for the child at lunchtime (all children can now have that if their parents wish) but can mean a lot more besides for their child. Parents still need to apply if they wish their child to have free school meals in Key Stage Two just as before.
For every child registered, Lodge Farm Primary School gets an additional £1,320 per year to spend on children’s educational and other needs.
Here are some examples of ways that we have been able to support our families with this additional money. We have been able to provide:
- extra 1-to-1 tuition to support learning
- small group extra support
- help with costs of after school clubs
- help with music lessons
- funding for counselling to support emotional needs
How does it work?
- First, check if you qualify (see below) – it is not just if you are unemployed but currently is for all families with a joint income of below £16,190 per year who are not in receipt of Working Tax Credit.
- Registering is really quick and easy – follow this link:
- If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great; your child will get a free meal but if you prefer them to have a packed lunch they still can, but also get the other benefits as long as you register.
Do you qualify?
You can register your child for Free School Meals (pupil premium) if you are in receipt of any of these benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support from National Asylum Support Service under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Come and talk to us if you’re not sure. No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming. We will maintain your privacy and confidentiality.