BerkswichCE Primary School

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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

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 £1,455 per pupil, per year from 2023-2024 and £1480 per pupil, per year from 2024-2025.


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 £335 per pupil, per year for the academic year 2023-2024 and £340 per pupil, per year for 2024-2025.


In addition, children who are previously looked after by the local authority or state and now been or on a special guardianship receive extra funding. This attracts a higher rate of £2530 per year, per child in 2023-2024 and £2570 per year, per child in 2024-2025. 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 is upheld. 


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:

  • Raising the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and closing the gap with their peers.
  • Providing funding for LAC (Looked After Children) and previously LAC 
  • Supporting pupils with parents in the armed forces.

How can I find out if my child is entitled to Pupil Premium?

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.

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