Pupil premium: funding and accountability for schools

The pupil premium is additional funding for 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 available to:

  • local authority maintained schools, including special schools and pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • voluntary-sector alternative provision (AP), with local authority agreement
  • special schools not maintained by the local authority (NMSS)
  • academies and free schools, including special and AP academies

    Funding

    Financial year 2016 to 2017

    In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

    • £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
    • £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

    Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:

    • adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order
    • a residence order
  • There is also funding of £300 allocated to children of servicemen and women.

Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
  • Universal credit
     

Please contact the school office if you feel you may meet the criteria as they can help you to register your child as eligible. office@eastwittering.w-sussex.sch.uk

If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium.