Pupil Premium (PP) funding is received from the central government according to the number of pupils on roll who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any time within the last six years (known as Free School Meals Ever – FSME), or who have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months, or who are children of service personnel.
All children in EYFS and KS1 receive a Universal Free School Meal. Children may also be entitled to income-related free school meals depending on their parents’ financial circumstances. Children who are eligible for income-related free school meals are also eligible for other additional support, including financial support with the cost of school trips.
If you are in receipt of any of the following benefits, your child may be entitled to income-related free school meals.
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
Children who are registered for Free School Meals on the January Census Day, also become entitled to Pupil Premium Funding. This fund is aimed at improving life chances for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and is paid directly to schools. It is up to each school to decide how best to spend the money to create the most positive outcomes for the children in their care. Once a child becomes eligible for Pupil Premium Funding, their school will continue to receive this money for the next six years, even if their financial circumstances change.