Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

‘The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.’

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Pupil premium funding is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:

• registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years

• have been looked after for 1 day or more or were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005

In the 2018 to 2019 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

· £1,320 for pupils in Reception to Year 6

Schools will receive £1,900 for any pupil:

• identified in the January 2016 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local-authority care as a result of one of the following:
• adoption

• a special guardianship order

• a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)

• who has been in local-authority care for 1 day or more

• recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local-authority care)


Our schools allocated fund is: £15,680.


The main barriers to educational achievement faced by our pupil premium pupils:

· Attachment issues – 63% of our pupil premium pupils have experienced attachment difficulties from family separation, abandonment or sudden bereavement of very close family member. This year we are investing in whole school staff CPD about attachment issues, emotional support and learning mentors.

· Reduced range of vocabulary and language structures. This year we will continue with the use of Beanstalk readers as well as volunteer readers and interventions to enhance pupils exposure to a wider range of vocabulary. A mentor is assigned to discuss class targets, barriers to learning and learning attitudes.

· This group of children have been identified as having a limited access or involvement in our out of school clubs, experiences and sport. The cost of clubs and trips such as the residential can be a barrier to take up. We will support pupil premium children to access at least one club out of school, trips, swimming and residential trips.

· Some of our pupil premium children are not currently working at the expected curriculum standard and we are investing provisions and support with the aim to accelerate their learning and close the gap. These interventions are also helping to keep children on track in expected or exceeding. We have targeted children we believe have the potential to be exceeding and are also putting in support to aid this.

Click here to view the Pupil Premium Plan for 2019 - 2020

Click here to view the Pupil Premium Action Plan (Evaluated) for 2018 - 2019

There is also a Service Premium available for children of Armed Services Personnel.

Who is eligible for Free School Meals?

If parents receive any of the following their child may be entitled to receive free school meals:

· Income Support

· income-based Jobseekers 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 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 any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

It is important that all children who qualify for Free School Meals are registered, even if you choose not to take up the offer. Some points to consider are:

· registering is confidential

· taking up the meal is recommended but is not compulsory

· a child may receive additional help as a result of being registered, eg help with the cost of music lessons or school trips

· registering a child for free school meals will bring more money to their school.

Please ask us, in confidence, if you think you may be entitled!


- To ensure that children from disadvantaged backgrounds (FSM/ChIC) are able to make the same progress as their peers.


- At Platt Primary, we organise teaching and learning in order to best meet the needs of all of our children.

- We arrange appropriate provision for children from vulnerable groups and for those who may be socially disadvantaged, to ensure that their needs are accurately assessed and met.

- We recognise that not all children who receive free school meals will be socially disadvantaged and we also recognise that not all children who are disadvantaged have free school meals. We follow the government’s guidelines to allocate Pupil Premium support to those children who receive, or have received, free school meals, or who are in care.

- We aim to include parents (along with our own needs analysis and including input from staff in school) to decide how the Pupil Premium could be best spent for each child.

- It may be the case that not all children receiving free school meals will receive pupil premium interventions at any one time.

More Information

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