What is Pupil Pupil Premium?
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. Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit.
Who receives Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. A premium is also available for children with a parent serving in the Armed Forces. From April 2012, the ‘Ever6′ measure was introduced to include payments for every pupil who has been FSM eligible at any point in the last six years.
How do parents register their child’s entitlement for Pupil Premium?
Applying for Pupil Premium
Although all pupils in years Reception, One and Two now receive free school meals as part of the Government’s universal school meal provision, this does not mean that any child automatically qualifies for the Pupil Premium. Parents must still apply for free school meals via: https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-mealsFree School Meals Application opens in new tab. They will carry out an eligibility check using the Department for Education’s Eligibility Checking System which will confirm if details have been matched or not.
This system will not inform the academy or council of what benefits you are in receipt of, dates when a benefit was awarded or say how much you receive; it will just confirm whether or not you are eligible. Confirmation will be sent to you and the academy within 5-10 working days.
Pupils do not have to take up their entitlement to a free meal but Local Authorities and academy recommend that they do. The government is made aware of each pupil claiming FSMs each term via the academy census so they have up-to-date information on those eligible.
How much are the Pupil Premium Grants worth?
The Pupil Premium allocation for the financial year 2022-2023 is £28,880.75
From September 2012, all schools are required to publish online information about how the Premium has been used. This will enhance the tracking of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and provide transparency with regards to the extra support that they receive.