Pupil Premium funding is provided to schools in addition to main school funding. It is triggered by the presence of children of low income families who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM). This includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as Ever 6 funding).
Pupil Premium Plus funding is triggered by the presence of children who have been 'looked after' continuously for more than six months. A smaller amount is also allocated to provide some additional support to children of service families.
Schools receive £1,345 for every primary age pupil, or £955 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
For Looked-After and previously Looked-After children Schools receive £2,345. This may be or a pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after; they must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s personal education plan.
The service premium is not part of the pupil premium as the rules to attract the service premium are different. Schools get £310 for every pupil with a parent who:
- is serving in HM Forces
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
Schools are free to spend the Pupil premium in ways which they consider will enhance the education of the targeted children. At Greenbank Primary, by directing the Pupil Premium funding in creative ways, we aim to realign the life chances of pupil premium children in order that they achieve as well as their non-pupil premium peers and enjoy the same breadth of experiences.
Since September 2012, there has been a requirement to publish online information about the use of Pupil Premium funding. This ensures that parents and others are fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by this funding and the extra support that they receive.
If you think your child may be eligible for Free School Meals please apply either by clicking on the link below which will direct you to the Free School Meal page on the Rochdale Council website or contact school for help and advice on 01706 647923.