Is Your Child Entitled to Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding from the government, given to schools to help close the attainment gap between children from low income families and other disadvantaged families and their peers. For the academic year 2020-21, the DfE allocated the Pupil Premium Grant to schools and local authorities the following amounts:
- £935 per pupil who has accessed free school meals in at least one of the last six years in year groups 7 to 11, except where the pupil is allocated the Local Authority Care (LAC or post-LAC Premium)
- £2,300 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
- £300 for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 11 who has parents serving in the armed forces with a child educated full time equivalent in one of the last six years or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
How Do I Know If My Child Is Entitled To Pupil Premium Funding?
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get 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
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals. Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
Why Should I Apply For Pupil Premium Funding?
With this money we could provide extra resources for your child and pay for extra-curricular activities. If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get help to pay for school trips including residential trips.
If you think your child may be eligible for this funding, please complete the application for free school meals and pupil premium on the cornwall gov website.
All schools are able to spend the Pupil Premium funding how they wish, providing that it is being used to help reduce the attainment gap between all pupils and those who are deemed to be disadvantaged. Some examples of how the funding has been spent in previous years include:
- Employing teaching assistants
- Focused support for small groups or one to one tuition
- Subsidising uniform or educational trips
- Supporting enriched curriculum opportunities