The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium is grant funding and is in addition to the School’s Delegated Budget. It is allocated to children from low-income families, service children and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. Pupil Premium Funding is used to raise attainment, promote social skills, independent learning and positive behaviour in order to increase pupil progress.
As from July 2014 the following pupils may be eligible for Pupil Premium funding:
• pupils who are registered for a free school meal
• pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years
• pupils who have been adopted from the English or Welsh care system
• pupils who have been placed on a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) and have been adopted
• pupils who left care under a Residence Order (RO) on or after 14 October 1991
• pupils who have been looked after by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months
• children of service personnel.
Pupil Premium Grant is paid directly to schools for all eligible students for every pupil mentioned in the above criteria. The school will then use the funding in a variety of ways to ensure that all identified students in the categories above are well supported to accelerate progress and to maximise attainment.
Free school meal entitlement
Is your child eligible for free school meals?
Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you (or the child themselves in their own right) is in receipt of any of the following benefits.
• Income Support (IS)
• Job Seekers’ Allowance (Income-Based) and equal based Job Seekers Allowance.
• Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA-IR) and equal based Employment and Support Allowance.
• Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an annual income of less than £16,190.
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
• Guarantee Element of Pension Credit (GPC)
• Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (IAA) Support
• Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods
Please note that anyone claiming Working Tax Credit, Contribution-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance and/or Contribution-Based Employment and Support Allowance is NOT eligible for free school meals, regardless of what other benefits/credits are being claimed. However, you will be temporarily eligible to claim free school meals if you receive a Working Tax Credit run-on, which is the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Please visit this Cornwall Council webpage for more information: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools-and-colleges/school-meals/
If you meet the above criteria you can apply for free school meals using their online or postal system. Please use the below link to apply online: