The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

DfE website

The information below outlines how we use the Pupil Premium funding to support the learning of children within our school, as well as how to apply for Pupil Premium funding if you think you may be eligible.

Mrs McGhie, Assistant Head, is the strategic lead for Pupil Premium and will happily answer any questions you may wish to discuss.

Eligibility criteria

A child may be eligible for free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided the parents are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax credit
  • Universal Credit – for those applying on or after 1 April 2018, their household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits they get)

Children may also get FSM if they receive any of these benefits directly, instead of through a parent.

This is explained on the GOV.UK website.

Contribution-based benefits

Contribution-based JSA or ESA are not eligibility criteria for FSM in their own right.

However, claiming contribution-based benefits doesn’t prevent someone being eligible for FSM on the basis of receiving one of the other benefits listed above.

If someone is in receipt of even 1p of income-based JSA or include-related ESA, they’re eligible for FSM. That mean, for example, someone receiving equal amounts of income-based and contribution-based JSA or ESA is still eligible for FSM.

The Department for Education (DfE) confirmed this for us.

Who does it apply to?

  • Students who are eligible for Free School Meals.
  • Students who were eligible for Free School Meals during the past 6 years. This category is known as Ever6.
  • Students who are officially in care and classed as ‘Looked After’.
  • Students who are adopted.
  • Students who have a parent in the armed forces.

A school’s grant allocations are based on the number of eligible pupils recorded on the January 2019 census.
If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals please contact Warwickshire County Council on 01926 359189
Further details can be found at: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals

These methods of application are quick, easy and allow parents to utilise their existing account set up initially to apply for a school place. Over 95% of Warwickshire parents apply for a school place through the online facility, and it was decided to incorporate other services through the online portal.

How we use our pupil premium:

  • One to one, or small group teaching assistant support
  • One to one, or small group revision sessions
  • Study skills sessions
  • Provision of relevant learning resources which may include: revision guides; art, DT supplies; printing/photocopying; study related equipment
  • Cost of curriculum/field work trips
  • Individual counselling from school counsellor
  • Individual mentoring from Lifespace mentor
  • Provision of careers advice (IAG) to any students highlighted as requiring further guidance
  • Instrument lessons
  • Duke of Edinburgh award scheme
  • Extra-curricular trips

Individuals’ needs are carefully considered so we can support for those who are performing well academically.

For more information in general about Pupil Premium, please visit http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

The conditions of grant for pupil premium allocations in the 2019-2020 financial year, published by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA), explain that five categories of pupils are eligible for funding:

Type of disadvantaged pupil Pupil premium per pupil 2018-19
Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as ‘ever 6 free school meals (FSM)’ £1,320
Pupils in year groups 7 to 11 recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ £935
Looked after children (LAC) £1,900
Post-LAC £1,900
Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 service’ children, or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence £300

Pupil Premium 2018-2019 Review