What is Pupil Premium?
The government introduced pupil premium funding. It is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
The government believes that the pupil premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and non-FSM children to ensure the funding reaches the pupils who need it most.
Schools also now receive funding for each pupil who has been ‘looked after’ for at least one day, has been adopted from care or has left care under a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangement order. They also receive a smaller amount of funding for children of service personnel.
The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools provide targeted support for vulnerable children, not necessarily just the pupils who qualify for FSM.
“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 pupils within their responsibility.” (DFE website)
Schools are also accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and the other target groups.
Free school meals at Wallop Primary School
At Wallop Primary School we are able to offer all pupils a freshly cooked lunch. (There is a charge for pupils in Key Stage 2 who are not eligible for free school meals). It is very important that pupils are registered as eligible for free school meals as this will ensure your child and the school will receive additional educational funding. If you would like further information or advice please speak to the office staff or Mr Lambert in confidence.
Who is eligible for Free School Meals?
· Income Support
· Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
· Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
· Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
· Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) and annual gross income of no more than £16,190
· Working Tax Credit run-on
· Universal Credit
You can self-check your eligibility by going to Hampshire County Council Website.