- The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and
non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
- The level of the premium in 2016-17 was £1320 per pupil for pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and for pupils in care who have been continuously looked after for six months it was £1700. Children of services personnel was £300.
- The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011, and paid to local authorities by means of a specific grant based on January 2011 school census figures for pupils registered as eligible for FSM in reception to Year 11. The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 was extended to pupils who had been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the previous 6 years. Earlier this year we consulted on options for extending the coverage of the Pupil Premium. The pupil premium is not ring-fenced and schools can choose what to spend it on.
- It is important to register for Free School Meals. If you register, your child does NOT have to eat a school meal at lunchtime but your child’s school will get the Pupil Premium. If you are already getting the following benefits your child(ren) are automatically eligible for Free School Meals:
- Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
- Income Support
- Child Tax Credit (but NOT receiving Working Tax Credit) – provided your annual income, assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190 (Please note: This amount is subject to change in April every year)
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
- Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
All you need to do is complete an application form from your child’s school and return it with proof of one of the above benefits.