The Pupil Premium is additional funding which is allocated to schools on the basis of the number of pupils who:
- have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point over the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
- are Looked after Children (LAC).
- have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order.
- Have received the Service Premium Grant within the last five years (known as Ever 5 Service Child).
The Pupil Premium is aimed at addressing the current underlying inequalities which exist between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their more affluent peers.
LAC- Looked After Child: a child who is being looked after by the local authority is known as a child in care. They might be living:
- with foster parents
- at home with their parents under the supervision of social services
- in residential children's homes
- other residential settings like schools or secure units.
They might have been placed in care voluntarily by parents struggling to cope, otherwise, children's services may have intervened because a child was at significant risk of harm.
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. Parents and carers with pupils aged 16-18 in Further Education can apply for free school meals. Children may be eligible for Free School Meals can be if the household in which they live receive one or more of the following:
- Universal Credit.
- 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.
Ever 6 FSM: “Ever 6 FSM” means those pupils recorded on the January 2015 School Census who were recorded as known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) on any of the termly censuses since Summer 2009, including the January 2015 School Census. Each pupil will only be counted once: for example, if a pupil on the January 2015 Census is recorded as known to be eligible for FSM and was recorded as known to be eligible for FSM on the Summer 2014 and Autumn 2014 Censuses, they will be counted as one Ever 6 FSM pupil for calculating allocations for the PPG in 2015-2016.
Service Child: The Service Pupil Premium is provided to schools who have children of Regular Armed Forces personnel among their pupil population to provide additional (mainly pastoral) support.
Ever 5 Service Child: Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 5 Service Child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence.
The attachments below show the:
- Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2021-22
- Pupil Premium Strategy Statement for 2022-25