In April 2011, the Department for Education introduced the pupil premium and the service premium. This gave schools funding to close attainment gaps for disadvantaged pupils and to assist with the pastoral needs of children with parents in the armed forces. The pupil premium is designed to address inequality by giving every school the resources they need to help their most disadvantaged pupils, allowing them the freedom to respond appropriately to individual circumstances.
The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11. The Department for Education introduced a fund in April 2011 to give schools £400 per year for children who:
- Were registered as eligible for free school meals
- Had been looked after for 6 months or longer
From April 2012, pupil premium funding was extended to children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years. For the 2018 to 2019 financial year, school will receive the following Pupil Premium Funding per student:
£935 per pupil of secondary-school age who
- Are currently eligible for Free school meals
- Ever 6 Free School Meals
£2,300 per pupil who: have been previously Looked-after and have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of
- a special guardianship order,
- a child arrangement order or a residence order
£2,300 per pupil who are Looked-after children (LAC)
£300 per pupil who are children of service personnel
School accountability for the pupil premium
The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Schools are held to account through performance tables, which include data on:
- The attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
- The progress made by these pupils
- The gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
Below are links to further information on how we support our Pupil Premium students and the impact the funding has on their progress in school.
Click here to view Parrs Wood Pupil Premium Policy
Click here to view Parrs Wood Impact Report 2019-2020
Click here to view Parrs Wood Pupil Premium Plan 2020 - 2021
Eligibility for Pupil Premium and Free School Meals
Your child could be eligible for Free School Meals (to the value of £2.35 per day) if you are in receipt of:
- Income support; or
- Income-based job seekers allowance; or
- 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 or
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999; or
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit; or
- Income related employment and support allowance; or
- Equal base job seekers allowance/employment and support allowance; or
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1st April 2018 your household income must be less than £7400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get).
*Where a parent/carer is entitled to working tax credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start work less 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school meals for that period. Your child will be able to receive their free school meals from the date that your eligibility has been confirmed.
Your child may be eligible for Pupil Premium if they have been:
- Have previously been eligible for Free School Meals during some time in the last 6 years; or
- Have been in care of a Local Authority for 1 day or more; or
- Have been adopted from care; or
- Ceased to be ‘looked after’ through a Special Guardianship Order; or
- Ceased to be looked after through a Residence Order; or
- Under a Child Arrangement Order; or
- Have a parent serving in the Armed Forces, or a parent that has done so in the last 4 years.
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools to improve achievement of eligible pupils.