What is the Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantage pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
“It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.”
Pupil Premium at Merrydale Junior School
At Merrydale Junior School, we ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. Appropriate provision is made for pupils that belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. This will be through whole school monitoring of data, assessments and discussions with the class teacher.
Financial Year 2018-19
In the 2018 – 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
1,320 for pupils in EYFS to Year 6
Schools will also receive £2,300 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- An adoption order
- A special guardianship order
- A child arrangements order
- A residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2, 300 rate. Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £2, 300 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.
Eligibility for Free-School Meals
A parent may wish to check their child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from KS2). If you contact the school, we will not only provide you with the form but we will support you through the process of completing it.
Eligibility Criteria -
Parents/guardians in England do not have to pay for school meals if they receive any of the following:
- Income Support.
- Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.
Pupil Premium is an important payment for schools and a really good opportunity for eligible parents to get even more support for their children in schools
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Pupil Premium funding and how it is being used to benefit your child, please contact the school office.
If you think your child may possibly be eligible for free school meals, even if you don’t want your child to eat the school meals, please call into the office to collect a claim form. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.
For a detailed breakdown of how this money has been allocated, please take a look at documents below: