What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is additional government funding, introduced in April 2011, to narrow the gap and work towards achievement for all pupils. We will use it to address any underlying inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it the most. In addition, we recognise that not all children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding will be underachieving and therefore these children will get access to provision, resources and opportunities to extend their knowledge and understanding further, as well as widening their opportunities.
Is Pupil Premium the same as Free School Meals?
Pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium do get free school meals. However, their school also receives additional funding to help to ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential, regardless of their backgrounds. All children aged 6 or under also now have access to free school meals, so this can be confusing for families.
How do I know if my child is eligible for Pupil Premium?
'Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State 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
- Universal Credit
Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie. they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) are also eligible for Pupil Premium.
Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be eligible for Pupil Premium. (https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals September 2014)
If you are receiving Working Tax Credit, your child / children are not eligible for Pupil Premium.
Schools now also receive funding for Post LAC (adopted children) and LAC (looked after children). Looked After Children are those pupils who have been in care for one day or more and where the process has been through a court of law.
Why should I apply for Pupil Premium when my child is at infant age and is receiving free meals already?
If you or your child falls into one of the above categories then you are entitled to make an application for your child to receive free school meals. If the application is approved then your child will still receive their free school dinner but will also bring in additional funding that will be spent on their provision, resources and experiences. In addition, the funding received will cover class and school trips, as well as workshop costs. This money will continue to enhance your child's learning for six years after the above criteria ceases to be met.
What level of funding is provided to the school for Pupil Premium?
During the academic year 2016-2017, Pupil Premium is allocated as follows (from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pupil-premium-conditions-of-grant-2016-to-2017/pupil-premium-2016-to-2017-conditions-of-grant):
How is Pupil Premuim impacting children at Steiner Academy Bristol?
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