Pupil Premium

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.

See our Pupil Premium Policy here. 


How is Pupil Premuim impacting children at Steiner Academy Bristol?

 Pupil Premium_strategy_Primary_and_Secondary_18_-_19-2_FINAL.pdf



Is Pupil Premium the same as Free School Meals?

Pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium do get free school meals. However, the Academy 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. Up to age 6, they receive Universal Free School meals, but this does not attract Pupil Premium funding. If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium, please go to the Free School Meals page on Bristol City Council website and apply.   

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. The way we use the funding is outlined in the strategy document above. This money will continue to enhance your child's learning for six years after the above criteria ceases to be met.


Rates for eligible pupils

The PPG per pupil for 2018 to 2019 is as follows:

Disadvantaged pupilsPupil premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals £1,320
Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM £935
Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority £2,300
Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order £2,300
Service childrenPupil premium per pupil
Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence £300



Ever 6 Free School Meals (FSM)

The pupil premium for 2018 to 2019 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census who are known to have been eligible for FSM since May 2012, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2018.

Children adopted from care or who have left care

The pupil premium for 2018 to 2019 will include pupils recorded in the January 2018 school census and alternative provision census, who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.

Ever 6 service child

For the purposes of these grant conditions, Ever 6 service child means a pupil recorded in the January 2018 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2013 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2018 school census. The grant will be allocated as set out in sections 4, 5 and 6 below. Where national curriculum year groups do not apply to a pupil, the pupil will attract PPG if aged 4 to 15 as recorded in the January 2018 school census.

Allocations to schools

Mainstream schools

For the purposes of these conditions of grant, mainstream school means infant, junior, primary, middle, secondary, high schools, special school and pupil referral units. It does not include general hospital schools or other alternative provision.

DfE will allocate PPG to schools and local authorities (who must allocate for each FTE pupil on the January 2018 school census, at each school they maintain) the following amounts:

  • £1,320 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM FTE pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 6, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC premium
  • £935 per pupil for each Ever 6 FSM FTE in year groups 7 to 11, except where the pupil is allocated the LAC or post-LAC Premium
  • £2,300 per pupil for each post-LAC in year groups reception to year 11
  • £300 for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 11 who is either Ever 6 service child FTE or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)

For pupils recorded aged 5 and over on the school census, PPG will be allocated on the basis of sole and dual main registrations only.

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