What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
In the 2018-2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
- £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of one of the following: adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
How will the school use Pupil Premium funding?
The DfE (Department for Education) require schools to publish on their website the following things:
- How funding was spent in the previous academic year (2018-2019) and the impact it had on eligible and other pupils. This can be found here: Pupil Premium grant spending review 2018-2019.
- The Pupil Premium strategy for the current academic year (2019- 2020). This includes information about: the amount of the school’s allocation of pupil premium grant
- 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 2019-2020 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, Mrs Kunwor or 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
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
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.