PP Parent / Carer Guide
Pupil Premium Statement
What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is a Government initiative which was introduced in 2011 to provide funding in schools, to support low income children and help narrow the gap in attainment. In the school year 2014 – 2015, the Pupil Premium for eligible children was £1300, which rose in the next academic year to £1320. Children eligible for Pupil Premium are classed as ‘Ever 6’, those who are, or have been Free School Meals (FSM) within the past six years. Children In Care (CIC) and those in adoptive families are entitled to a grant of £2300 and Service children a grant of £300.
How Pupil Premium is used:
Schools may spend Pupil Premium grants for FSM, adoptive and Service children however they feel will best support the individual, in order to make progress and close the gap. For CIC children, spending is closely monitored by the Virtual School. Pupil Premium spending may include; one to one support, mentoring, purchasing targeted resources, interventions and helping towards the cost of trips and residential visits. As a school, we are required to keep track of Pupil Premium spending, on a per child basis.
How to help:
Currently, all children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage one are entitled to free school meals. However, as this is now automatic, they are not ‘Ever 6’, and school does not receive Pupil Premium. It is therefore important to apply for free school meals if you are eligible, to ensure the school receives the Pupil Premium grant, as it will have a positive effect on your child’s time in school.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State 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
How to apply for free school meals:
To apply for free schools meals please complete the online application form. Click here
Please remember that all children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to receive a free school meal, regardless of income, in line with the Government’s Universal Infant Free School Meals initiative. There is no need to make an application for Free School Meals to the Local Authority for parents of these children.
Therefore you should only apply for free school meals in the July of the year that your child is entering Year 3, or if your child is Year 4 or older if you believe you meet the low income eligibility criteria.
White Court School’s Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed annually in the month of November and is next due in 2019.