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 allocated to children from low-income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. It is intended to address inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. From April 2012, this also includes pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
We are free to spend the Pupil Premium as we see fit. As part of our duty to be publically accountable for this additional funding and how we have used this to support eligible pupils, the DfE expects all schools to report online their use of the Pupil Premium and its impact.
Free School Meal Entitlement
Your child may be entitled to free school meals if you are in receipt of certain benefits. If you think you may be entitled, please complete an application form, sign it and hand it in at the school office. We will then check your entitlement via Oxfordshire County Council. The relevant support payments are:
1.Income Support/Employment Support Allowance (IR) (ESA(IR))
2.Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (please note this must be Income Based not just Job Seekers)
3.Support under the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
4.Child Tax Credit provided that Working Tax Credit is not included and that the “annual income for Tax Credit purposes” is within the guidelines set for the financial year. If you are in paid employment and/or in receipt of Working Tax Credit, it is unlikely that you will be entitled to free meals.
5.The ‘Guarantee’ element of State Pension Credit