What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is funding allocated to schools for the purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low income families. It is intended to enable schools to provide targeted support to help children reach their full potential.
Funding is allocated for children who are Looked after by the Local Authority (CLA) and for every child who is registered for Free School Meals.
Who is eligible for Free School Meals?
Children can have Free School Meals if their parents receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and
Support Allowance (ESA)
- Support under part VI of the Immigrations and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that doesn’t exceed £16,190
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Therefore, it is really important to make sure all children who qualify are registered for Free School Meals even if you choose to send a packed lunch for them.
Please ask us if you think you may be entitled!
How can you register for Free School Meals?
To register for Free School Meals you need to complete an Education Benefit form. You can access this by:
- Asking for a form at the school office
- Visiting Manchester City Council’s website (Click to view)
- Asking for a form at the job centre
How will schools spend Pupil Premium?
Schools have the freedom to spend the Premium in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most vulnerable pupils. Schools will be required to report of parents how they have spent the money allocated.
It is important to remember that not all children who are allocated Pupil Premium will receive support at the same time.
How is Pupil Premium used to support pupils at St Richards?
Pupil premium has enabled us to continue to provide high levels of additional support for our pupils, including:
- Reading support
- Smaller classes in Years 5 & 6
- Lunchtime Club
- Parental engagement through workshops
- ICT resources and after school club
- Wider opportunities in the Music Curriculum
These are just some of the ways the funding is used at St Richard’s.
For more details about how Pupil Premium has been allocated and used previously, use the links below: