Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to help support pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6’). The funding is used to provide additional educational support to improve progress and to raise the standard of achievement for pupils who are, or who have ever been, registered as eligible for Free School Meals. Currently, primary schools receive £1,385 per pupil, per year from 2022-2023.
A Service Pupil Premium is allocated for children whose parents are in the armed forces. This funding is specifically aimed at providing pastoral support ensuring the social and emotional well being. Each school receives £320 per pupil, per year for this in 2022-2023.
In addition, children who are adopted or on a special guardianship receive extra funding called Pupil Premium Plus. This attracts a higher rate of £2410 per year, per child and this funding is used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers and whilst also ensuring the social and emotional well being.
At Berkswich, we believe that the highest possible standards can only be achieved by having ambitious expectations of all learners. Some pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds require additional support; therefore, we use all the resources available to help them reach their full potential, including the Pupil Premium allocation.
The was created to provide funding for three key areas:
The process for applying is straightforward and confidential. You can apply online by clicking on the website link below. This will guide you through eligibility and whether you qualify to receive free school meals or other forms of Pupil Premium Allocation.
If you would like to speak to a member of staff for more information, please contact the office by calling 01785 377360 and they will be happy to direct you to the appropriate member of staff who will assist you through this process.
Children in Reception and Key Stage One are automatically entitled to Universal Free School Dinners; however, registering your child could entitle them to additional funding and support and once your child enters Key Stage Two they will continue to receive free school meals as per eligibility. Please press on the links provided for further information.