The pupil premium grant was first introduced in April 2011. Research shows that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-disadvantaged peers. Publicly-funded schools in England receive extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and support them to reach their potential.
The pupil premium for 2020/21 will include pupils recorded in the January 2020 school census who are known to have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’), as well as those first known to be eligible in January 2020. Schools also receive funding for children who are looked-after (LAC) or previously looked-after (PLAC). Children of service personnel also receive a premium. Premium rates for 2020/21 are as follows:
Type of pupil premium
Rate per pupil
Free school meals
LAC and PLAC
What are Free School Meals?
It is the entitlement for your child to receive a free two course meal each school day.
Am I entitled to Free School Meals?
Free School Meals are available to any full-time student who is still at school and eligible. This includes nursery children who attend full days and also sixth form students. Meals are not available for students at further education level. You can get Free School Meals for your child if you or your partner gets either:
- Income Support.
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
- Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive Free School Meals.
Why should I register?
- If your application is successful, it could save you money.
- If your application is successful, it will raise an extra £1,345 for your child’s school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after school activities.
- This additional money is available from central government for every child whose parent is receiving one of the welfare benefits listed above. It is therefore important to sign up for free school meals, even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, so that your child’s school receives as much funding as possible.
How will the information I provide be used?
- The information you provide in this form will be used by the council to confirm receipt of one of the listed welfare benefits.
- Once this is confirmed, this helps to decide how much money your child’s school will receive each year.
- The information will also be used in relation to children in Year 3 or above to decide whether they are eligible for free school meals.
- You only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at their current school.
If you think you could be eligible for Free School Meals, click the link below and complete the form:
If you would like help with completing the application form, please contact our Inclusion Manager Miss Qadri at the school on 01254 665190.
CONTEXT OF OUR SCHOOL
St Michael with St John CE Primary School is situated in an area of high deprivation, whereby:
- 42% of pupils live within the 10% most deprived areas nationally;
- 72% of pupils live within the 20% most deprived areas nationally;
- 98% of pupils live within the 33% most deprived areas nationally.
As a result of this, our disadvantaged pupils may experience the following circumstances:
- low income households;
- poor or overcrowded housing;
- low levels of communication, language, literacy and numeracy;
- a lack of nursery provision leading to delayed social, emotional and academic development;
- speaking English as an additional language due to them coming from homes where little or no English is spoken;
- restricted opportunities to enrich and extend learning outside of school.
PUPIL PREMIUM STATEMENT 2020-2021
An annual Pupil Premium Statement is produced with details of the allocation, proposed spending and priorities for the current academic year, along with the impact of the pupil premium funding on pupil attainment and progress during the previous academic year. This will serve as an annual report to parents and carers on how the pupil premium funding has been used to support disadvantaged pupils.
Further information regarding strategies that are implemented using pupil premium funding can be found in our Pupil Premium Statement below. This document includes details of the impact of pupil premium funding for the year 2019/20 and details of the planned spending for the year 2020/21.