The governors and all members of staff at St Oswald’s CE Primary School accept responsibility for all pupils including ‘socially disadvantaged’ pupils and are committed to meeting their pastoral, social and academic needs within the school environment.
The Pupil Premium Grant, which is additional to main school funding, is seen by the government as the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers, by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. In addition, the school also receives a separate Service Children’s Premium, which applies to the children of parents or carers who are serving in the Armed Forces. The Pupil Premium funding is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. Schools can decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Who are our pupil premium leads?
Is my child eligible?
Today, Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children whose circumstances fall within the following categories:
1. Children who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in time over the last 6 years. This means if your child was previously entitled to free school meals but is no longer, they will still receive pupil premium based on the ‘Ever 6’ qualification (a pupil who has ever had free school meals in the past six years).
2. Any children whose parents are currently entitled to certain forms of financial support.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and depending on your annual gross income)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 depending on your household income after tax and not including any benefits you get.
3. ‘Looked after’ children:
These are children who have been ‘looked after’ for one day or more, including children who have been adopted from care or have left care under a special guardianship or residence order.
These are children who have one or more parents currently in the armed forces, children whose parents have died/ been injured in service and are in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme & the War Pensions Scheme and children whose parents have recently left the armed services or are divorced.
Eligibility for the service premium extends to those families in which a parent has served in the armed forces in the last three years. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these pupils.