Pupil Premium and Free School Meals
Currently, pupils in Reception and Year 1 and 2 all receive free school meals, these are paid for by government funding. This provision is called Universal Free School Meals or UFSM.
In addition to this funding, parents of low income families or those that are unemployed can also apply for Pupil Premium funding so that their children can receive free school meals in subsequent years (Year 3 onwards). Pupil Premium funding can also give children access to many other benefits through their school years.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), Looked after Children, children adopted from care and Service Forces children. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).
If you think your child may eligible to receive this additional funding and support but are not sure whether the school are aware of this, please speak in confidence to Mr Shaw or Mrs Kenny in the school office. Alternatively, please complete the appropriate form below and return to the school office - we will then check eligibility and ensure that the school receives all funding due to support your child.
What do we do with this funding?
The Government believes that school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium to ‘close the attainment gap’. All schools are required to report on the amount of funding received and how this is being used.
Some of the strategies we use our Pupil Premium funding for include:
- Providing short-term intervention programmes to support the progress of underachieving pupils
- Providing one-to-one tuition or small group focused work for some pupils.
- Financial Assistance for pupils attending educational trips.
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