What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is an additional grant allocated by the government to children from certain groups who are statistically likely to have additional barriers to learning and attainment. It is designed to reduce the impact of such barriers for these groups of children. Pupils are identified through the termly school census, and this information attracts additional funding as part of the school's budget. It is at the discretion of the school how this funding is used, but the school is expected to report on how it has spent this grant in the previous year, the impact of this spending, and how it intends to spend it in the current year.
Who is Eligible For The Pupil Premium Grant?
Pupils are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant if they currently receive free school meals or have received them at any time since being at school. Families are encouraged to apply for free school meals if they think they may be eligible, even if their child brings a packed lunch from home. Pupils are eligible if their parents or carers are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- 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 are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit (during the initial roll-out of the benefit)
The following children are also eligible for Pupil Premium Grant:
- Children who are adopted
- Children who have “Special Guardians”
- Children who are currently in the care of the local authority (Looked After Children)
- Children of UK Forces personnel