What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It was first introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased. Schools and academies will receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years.
- £1,320 for each eligible primary aged pupil
- £2,300 for each Looked After Child
- £300 for each service child
Can I apply for Free School Meals?
Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- 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
- Universal Credit
Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.
Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:
- younger than the compulsory age for starting school
- in full-time education
Infant Free School Meals (in England)
Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Tell your local authority if you also get any of the above benefits. Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do.
For more information please visit: http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/freeschoolmeals.asp.