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Pupil Premium

What is the Pupil Premium?

 

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in 2011. It is additional funding which comes direct from the Government and is designed to support the learning of the following groups:

 

- Children who are eligible for Free School Meals now (FSM).

- Children who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point within the last 6 years (EVER 6).

- Children who are looked after or are adopted (CLA).

- Children who have a parent in the armed forces (Service).

 

The Department for Education (DfE) says that schools have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.

 

Free School Meals

 

Parents are strongly encouraged to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement. If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, they will receive 'Universal free school meals'. However, you should still register for Free School Meals so that the school receives the additional funding. 

 

Your child may 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 - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

 

Application forms for free school meals are available from the School Office, or by following the link below. This matter is dealt with in confidence.

 

https://secure1.somerset.gov.uk/forms/PortalShowForm.asp?fm_formalias=freeschoolmeal

 

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they will remain eligible until they finish this phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in on 31 March 2022.

 

Below you will find a breakdown of how we have allocated this spending. This strategy will be internally reviewed each term with an annual review taking place in July.


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