Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals


What is Pupil Premium?

Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.

Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:

·       generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school

·       often do not perform as well as their peers

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.”      

“The pupil premium is not based on ability. Research shows that the most academically able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are most at risk of under-performing. Schools should focus on these pupils just as much as pupils with low results.”    

“It’s up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium. This is because school leaders are best-placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use funding to improve attainment.                  

 (From the DFE website)


Schools get  £955 for every secondary age student who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years. There are additional funds available for students who are looked after or previously looked after. Additionally, where there are students with a parent who is serving in HM Forces or has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence, schools get £310 to help with pastoral support.

Eligibility Criteria

A student may be eligible for free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

·       Income Support

·       Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)

·       Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

·       Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

·       The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit

·       Child Tax Credit, provided the parents are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190

·       Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax credit

·       Universal Credit – household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits)

Students may also get FSM if they receive any of these benefits directly, instead of through a parent.

Further details are available through https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals


What do I have to do?

If you think your daughter/son qualifies for additional funding, please apply through Worcestershire Children First: 
http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20062/schools/684/applying_for_free_school_meals or call 01905 845280 These methods of application are quick, easy and allow parents/carers to utilise the existing account set up initially to apply for a school place. Once you have applied, you will receive a confirmation by email and the school will be informed directly.


How we use Pupil Premium Funding at North Bromsgrove High School


·       Additional learning resources, such as textbooks, set texts in English literature and revision guides

·       One to one, or small group teaching assistant support

·       One to one, or small group revision sessions

·       Study skills sessions

·       Cost of curriculum/non-examined assessment (NEA) trips

·       Sessions designed to support resilience or peer mentoring

·       Counselling or mentoring from qualified internal or external practitioners, where there is an identified need

·       Provision of additional careers advice (CEIAG), where there is an identified need

·       Part funding towards peripatetic music lessons and the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme

·       Part funding towards extra-curricular trips

·       Any other valid use of the funding to support the attainment and welfare of young people in our care


Further Information


North Bromsgrove High School’s Pupil Premium Policy can be read here


All schools are required to demonstrate how they use Pupil Premium funding and the impact it the funding has had. Our online statement can be found here


For further details, please contact Mr M Horton, Assistant Headteacher – mho@northbromsgrove.worcs.sch.uk






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