PUPIL PREMIUM - WHAT IS IT?
Pupil Premium is funding paid by the government via the local authority directly to schools and is generated by the number of children who have been eligible for free school meals during the previous 6 years, children who are Looked After and also service children. The Pupil Premium is targeted at improving the provision for those pupils.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
While we realise that not all the pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium actually wish to have free school meals, we would be grateful if you would support the school by letting us know if your child is eligible, so that we can get as much funding to support our pupils as possible.
Please note that when your child was in years Rec-Y2, they were automatically entitled to a free school meal each day as part of the Government Universal Free School Meal initiative. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible to register for free school meals, in which case your child’s entitlement to free school meals will continue and the school would benefit from the Pupil Premium grant to support learning.
We strongly encourage all eligible parents/carers to apply where appropriate. No one will know who has registered and it will not affect any other benefits being claimed. Any children who are entitled to free schools meals, whether they take them up or not, means that our school is given extra funding to help support their needs.
We realise that information of this nature is very sensitive and we can assure you that all such information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN AM ELIGIBLE FOR PUPIL PREMIUM?
Registering a child for school meals is really quick and easy, and will make a big difference to the child and the school.
To be eligible for Pupil Premium the family must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
Income-based Job Seekers' 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 are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs1
Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit
Under the current rules the school would receive Pupil Premium funding for any child or young person who has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years.
WE CAN HELP!
You can register for Free School Meals by calling the Free School Meals Department at 01629 536 481 or on line at: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/your-child-at-school/meals/school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx
If you’d like help or more information please contact Mrs Hollinrake in the school office on 01298 812 808 who will be happy to help you.