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Pupil Premium and Sports Premium

Pupil Premium Strategy 

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.


Please read the information below which gives details of our Pupil Premium Grant and how we allocate the funding.


What is the Service Pupil Premium?

The Department for Education (DfE) introduced the Service pupil premium (SPP) in April 2011 in recognition of the specific challenges children from Service families face and as part of the commitment to delivering the armed forces covenant.

State schools, academies and free schools in England, which have children of Service families in school years reception to year 11, can receive the SPP funding. It is designed to assist the school in providing the additional support that these children may need and is currently worth £335 per Service child who meets the eligibility criteria.


Eligibility criteria

Pupils attract SPP if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • one of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces (including pupils with a parent who is on full commitment as part of the full-time reserve service)
  • they have been registered as a ‘Service child’ on a school census in the past six years, see note on the DfE’s ever 6 Service child measure
  • one of their parents died whilst serving in the armed forces and the pupil receives a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pensions Scheme
  • one of their parents is in the armed forces of another nation and is stationed in England

Children have to be flagged as Service children ahead of the autumn school census deadline. Service parents need to make the school aware of their status by talking to the head teacher or school admin staff.

DfE’s ever 6 service child measure

The premium was extended , such that any pupil in reception to year 11, who has been flagged as a Service child in the last six years, will continue to receive the premium (Ever 6 service child). Please see the ESFA’s pupil premium grant guidance for more information.

Ex Service personnel should tell the school if they left the armed forces within the last six years. Under the DfE’s ever measure, schools will continue to receive SPP for up to six years for children whose parent(s) left the armed forces, provided the children were recorded as Service children in a school census (prior to their parent(s) leaving the forces). The ever measure also applies when Service parents divorce or separate or when a Service parent dies in service.