What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is an additional amount of money provided by the government for those children who have been entitled to receive free school meals at any point during the last six years.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel (families who have parents in the Armed Forces).
How do I register my child?
If your child does not have free school meals but may be eligible because of your family’s income level, please contact the school office (in confidence) to register them. Alternatively you can download the Free School Meals form here and hand it in at the school office. Even if you do not wish for your child to have a free school meal, registering them will enable the school to claim pupil premium funding that will benefit your child.
For a detailed breakdown of how the pupil premium grant was spent and what was achieved, please see the reports by clicking the links below:
What is the Pupil Premium Report?
In April 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant. Schools were allocated additional funding for children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM). This includes children who have been registered at any point in the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM).
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between these children and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Specifically this funding was designed support schools in narrowing any attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
Schools are given the choice of how to use these funds to best meet those pupils’ needs.
The Government uses the number of children entitled to Free School Meals and, those in the care of the Local Authority and those with parents in the armed forces to calculate an appropriate amount of Pupil Premium for the school. Whilst those children receiving FSM are often supported, the school does not focus on these children alone. At Southmead we target support for children who are vulnerable and in need of additional support for a variety of reasons and wherever possible, we try to maximise the impact on others.