The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 to raise the attainment of 1.8 million disadvantaged pupils. The grant is given to schools to enable them to effectively raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities to reach their potential and to support children and young people with parents in the regular armed forces.
Prior to April 2018, children qualified for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you received any of the following benefits:
• Income support
• Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
• Income-related employment and support allowance
• Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guaranteed element of state pension credit
• Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
These benefits have now been rolled into a single benefit, called Universal Credit. From April 2018, free school meals and pupil premium will only be allocated to pupils with a family income under £7400 (net) per year.
If you think your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium under the above conditions, then please speak to a member of the office staff who will show you how to apply for this.
Since September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 have qualified for free school meals regardless of their family income, but only the children who would qualify for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium.
In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:
• £1,320 for pupils in reception to year 6
• £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will receive £2,300 for any pupil:
• identified in the January 2018 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of:
• a special guardianship order
• a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
• who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
• recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)
For pupils who attract the £2,300 rate, the virtual school head of the local authority that looks after the pupil will manage the funding.
Pupil Premium Registration Form
Details on how we spend the Pupil Premium and monitor the impact of this can be found in the linked documents on this page.
The Pupil Premium leader for Stephen Freeman is Mrs Carolyn Hanwell. If you wish to speak to her regarding any Pupil Premium queries please email her at: RHale@stephen-freeman.oxon.sch.uk