What is pupil premium?
Pupil premium is a grant given by the government to schools in England to decrease the attainment gap between specific groups of children. At present, schools receive funding for every child aged 5-16, who claims free school meals, or who have claimed free school meals in the last 6 years, for children whose parent(s) are in the Forces and for children who are looked after or have been previously looked after by the Local Authority.
How do we use pupil premium funding at SEAC?
We have used pupil premium funding in a variety of ways, such as;
- Offering funded priority placements in all after school clubs,
- Offering free places for targeted children in the ‘Magical Maths’ after school club,
- Child Champions – supporting attendance / punctuality and mental health & Wellbeing, completing targeted interventions,
- PDBA Lead – offering targeted therapy and support for children and families,
- Part funding residential trips,
- Funding school trips,
- Purchased ICT and personalised equipment for children / families.
Please click here for a link to our current Pupil Premium Strategy Report, which details our current targets, outcomes and spending in relation to pupil premium.
How do I claim free school meals / pupil premium?
Children qualify for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less)
- 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.
Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.
If you think your children qualify for free school meals, please inform the school office even if they're in Reception or KS1 and receive universal school meals for infant pupils, or are in KS2 and take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim pupil premium.