The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 to tackle ‘educational inequality’ by raising achievement and improving outcomes for children from low-income families who are eligible for free school meals and children who are in care. In addition the school receives some funding to support pupils with parents in the Armed Forces. The additional funding is made available to schools to help them narrow the attainment gap that still exists between pupils from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils.
The Early Years Premium
Since April 2015, schools receive additional funding for disadvantaged three and four year olds in early years settings in England in the form of the early years pupil premium.
You may be eligible for Pupil Premium or Early Years Premium if one or more of the following criteria apply to you and your family:
- 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 State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided they’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, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
Please come and talk to us in confidence, if you are not sure if you qualify for either Pupil Premium and Early Years Premium Funding.