What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2011, as additional funding for pupils who receive free school meals and who are looked after children. This is because the DfE has recognised that good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances. This is particularly true for children from low-income families, or who are looked after children, who are far less likely, according to evidence, to leave school with good GCSE results than other children. The pupil premium, using additional resources from outside the school’s budget, is intended to address the current inequalities by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

Review- Pupil Premium spending: Academic Year 2017 – 2018 REVIEW

Context: Schools receive a payment, or Pupil Premium, for disadvantaged children who are eligible for Free School Meals or have been eligible for Free School Meals within the last six years (FSM Ever 6). This payment has risen from £900 per pupil in 2013-2014, currently it stands at £1320 per pupil. Children who are looked after, or children from service personnel, are also allocated additional funding as part of Pupil Premium, but at present we do not have any children who meet this criteria. In addition Pupil Premium (Plus) funding is available to any child who has been in the care of the Local Authority or adopted from care. An annual payment of £1,900 per pupil is paid to the school for any eligible children who attend.

In 2017-2018, £105,600 in total has been allocated to Wrotham Road Primary School for our disadvantaged pupils. This is based on 80 children of our pupils considered to be eligible for FSM & Ever 6 or Pupil Premium Plus. The main barrier for learning this year is Speech and language development, including the need to support children new to the country with EAL. 

DfE Guidance states: Schools, head teachers and teachers will decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.

Pupil Premium Policy

Pupil Premium Spend 2017-2018

Pupil Premium Spend 2018-19

KCC Information on Free School Meals

If your child is eligible for Free School Meals or is an infant child and part of the Universal Free School Meals, it is worth registering them, even if they are not going to have a school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding the school receives, and we will maximise the support we can provide.

Parents can register their child for Free School Meals if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.