What is the Pupil Premium?
This is funding given to schools for every child who has free school meals. The government provides this funding because it believes there is a strong link between the financial background of families and their children’s achievement.
How does the school access the money?
School completes a census several times a year indicating how many children have free school meals. The funding is multiplied by the number of children.
How can I find out if my child is eligible for free school meals and the Pupil Premium?
If you feel that your child may be eligible for Free School Meals, it is important to register for their entitlement as soon as possible. The school office is able to provide all the necessary information and give you the form to complete.
If your child is currently in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and having a school meal through the government's KS1 Free School Meals Entitlement, it is still important to register for the Free School Meals/Pupil Premium benefit if you think your child may be eligible. For more information about eligibility or how to apply please visit the Lancashire County Council website or use the link below.
Can my child still benefit from the Pupil Premium even if they are on packed lunches?
If your family is eligible for free school meals but your child chooses to have packed lunches, school will still receive the Pupil Premium funding.
Will my child lose the Pupil Premium funding if they stop having free school meals?
No, the school continues to receive the funding for 6 years. If your child moves onto high school in that time, the high school would receive the continued funding. This is called EVER6 funding.
What is the Pupil Premium spent on?
Schools have the freedom to decide what the funding is spent on as different schools receive different amounts. The only criterion is that it impacts upon the achievement of those children and enables them to succeed in the same way as other children. Ofsted will check on the impact of the funding on the progress of these children.
How has Gillibrand Primary spent its Pupil Premium funding?