Pupil Premium and Free School Meals Information
Is your child entitled to Pupil Premium?
If you receive one of the benefits below, you can register your eligibility with the council so that the school can benefit from additional funding, called Pupil Premium. The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the achievement of some pupils. This is measured by the number of children eligible for free school meals based on the above qualifying benefits. It is worth over £1000 per pupil for the school.
You can get Pupil Premium if you receive one of the benefits below:
• Income Support (IS)
• Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR)
• Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance (IB-JSA)
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• Guarantee element of State Pension Credit or Universal Credit
• Child Tax Credit and are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue, does not exceed £16,190
• Working Tax Credit 'run on'- the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
How to claim
Complete the application form www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or simply ring your local Area Education Office with details of your name, date of birth and National Insurance number and an immediate on-line decision can be given (see contact details below for phone numbers).
For more information you can contact Cambridgeshire County Council directly:
Education Welfare Benefits Team
The Octagon, Shire Hall
Telephone: 01223 703 200
Pupil Premium Strategy
From September 2016 all schools are required to publish their Pupil Premium Strategy. This sets out how we intend to spend our allocation to address barriers to learning and the rationale behind our decisions.
The Pupil Premium is a government initiative that targets additional money to children who need more support in school. The government uses the number of children on free school meals as an indicator of the level of deprivation that may impact on education.
It should be noted that the strategies facilitated by the introduction of the Pupil Premium are planned for the academic year (Sep-Aug) whereas the allocation is received for a financial year (Apr-March).
We have identified areas where children receiving pupil premium may require additional support.
1) ‘Narrowing the gap’ for children making below expected or working below age-related expectations.
2) Supporting children working above age-related expectations to make accelerated progress.
3) Supporting behavioural, social and emotional problems.
4) Identifying and helping families to access agencies outside school which can provide support.
5) Providing financial support to ensure every child has access to educational visits, developing cultural capital.
6) Providing enrichment opportunities within and outside school, developing social capital.