The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools for children of statutory school age who are eligible under the following criteria:
- low-income families who are known to be eligible for Free school meals (FSM) in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings. From 2012-2013 this has also included pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
- children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months
- children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit in order to ‘narrow the gap’ in children’s educational attainment. However we are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. From September 2012 schools have been required to publish online information about how this funding is used to benefit the education of the eligible pupils. This ensures that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding and the impact of the extra support that they receive. Pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding receive this additional funding for 6 years after their families no longer meet the criteria for Pupil Premium funding so it is really important that if you think you are eligible that you complete a registration form.
If you believe you may be eligible for Free School Meals but have not already registered this with us, please do so as soon as possible because it can help the school to fund additional provision for your child. Please speak to a member of the School Office Team about how to complete this document. For further information about how Pupil Premium funding could make a difference to your child's education, please click on the 'Pupil Premium Flyer' link below.