What is Pupil Premium?
‘The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months…. and eligibility for the Pupil Premium was extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.’
Free Schools Meals and Pupil Premium Information
Currently, pupils in Years 1 and 2 as well as Reception children all receive free school meals, these are paid by government funding. This provision is called Universal Free School Meals or UFSM.
In addition to this funding, parents in low income families or those that are unemployed can also allow their school to access further funding (Pupil Premium funding) so that their children can receive free school meals in subsequent school years (Year 3 and onwards) as well as other opportunities to help them do their best in school.
Please read on to find out how to check if you are eligible and if so, how to apply for this financial support.
The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.
If you qualify, your child/children can receive free school meals in all years in school. For every child registered, Monkhouse Primary School receives £1,320 a year. This additional funding allows us to provide an even better education for your child through the purchase of additional resources or staff to support learning.
Are you eligible?
You can register your child for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium if you receive any of these benefits:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Please note you are not eligible if you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit.
How to apply
- Registering is really quick and easy – you can apply online at http://myfreeschoolmeals.com and get an immediate answer. If you are eligible, your child’s school will be notified within 5 working days.
- If you want your child to have a free, healthy meal at lunchtime that’s great – they will get the free meal, saving you more than £350 a year.
- If you don’t want your child to have the free school meals, they can continue as normal – as long as you qualify and are registered.
- If you have any problems with applying for this support, please call the school office on 300 0490 or firstname.lastname@example.org
No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.