Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium grant is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality.
This money is given specifically to ‘raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.’ (Ofsted 2014)
The current criteria for receiving the PPG are:
- Family receives Income Support or Income-Based Job Seekers Allowance. Please note, Contribution-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance does not qualify for free school meals (unless you receive both Income-based & Contribution-based JSA on an equal basis);
- Family receives the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit;
- Family receives Child Tax Credit and has an annual income, as assessed by HMRC, not in excess of £16,190. Please note, families who are also entitled to Working Tax Credit do not qualify;
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
- Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less)
- Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related). Please note, Contribution-Based E&SA does not qualify for continued free school meals in Junior School (unless you receive both Income-based & Contribution-based ESA on an equal basis).
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us– even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables the school to claim pupil premium funds.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support eligible pupils.
Please click the links below for further Pupil Premium information and how the pupil premium will be spent this academic year.
The next review of the Pupil Premium Strategy will be September 2022.