Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in schools in England.  Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.


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How will the school use Pupil Premium funding?

The DfE (Department for Education) require schools to publish on their website the following things:

  1. How funding was spent in the previous academic year (2020-2021) and the impact it had on eligible and other pupils. This can be found here: Pupil Premium Grant Spending Review 2020-2021.
  2. The Pupil Premium strategy for the current academic year (2021- 2022).  This includes information about: the amount of the school’s allocation of pupil premium grant (This strategy is currently in progress and will be published by the end of December)
  • details of the main barriers to educational achievement
  • how the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches were taken
  • how the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • the date of the next pupil premium strategy review.

This can be found in our Pupil Premium Policy.

Please find here our 2020-2021 Pupil Premium strategy for Chattenden Primary School.

How can you check eligibility for Free School Meals?

Parent may wish to check their child’s eligibility for Free School Meals. This is quick and easy and can be done online through this link https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/medway/

Alternatively a member of the Office Team can help.

You will need to enter your name, address, national insurance number or asylum support service number.  In addition, you will need to provide your child’s name, date of birth and identify the school they are attending

Eligibility criteria:

Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • 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
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

Please Note:


There is a difference between Universal Free School Meals offered at KS1, and Pupil Premium Free School meals. Please note that the two are NOT to be confused. Thus, somebody in KS1 can be entitled to Universal Free School Meals but they can still apply for Free School Meals which would enable the school to access Pupil Premium funding.


Pupil Premium is an important funding stream for schools and a good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools.

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