Pupil Premium is additional funding given by the Government to schools in England to raise the attainment of specific groups of children that fall into the following categories:
- Pupils who have been entitled to Free School Meals at any point over the last 6 years, due to qualifying for certain benefits
- Pupils who have had a parent in the armed services at any point over the last 6 years
- Pupils that are, or have been, looked after by the local authority or are adopted
Schools are free to spend the pupil premium grant as they see fit. However, they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support low-income families. See the document below for our detailed plan of how we use the funding.
The grant may be spent in the following ways:
- for the purposes of the school, that is for the educational benefit of pupils registered at that school
- for the benefit of pupils registered at other maintained schools or academies
- on community facilities; for example, services whose provision furthers any charitable purpose for the benefit of pupils at the school or their families, or people who live or work in the locality in which the school is situated
Is my child eligible for extra money?
All children who currently qualify for free school meals based on their family circumstances are entitled to pupil premium. This applies if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7,400 or less)
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
- Income-related employment and support allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of state pension credit
- Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
Children who are or have been in care, and children who have a parent who is or was in the armed forces, are also entitled to pupil premium.
In addition, pupils who have qualified for free school meals on the above grounds in the past, but are no longer eligible, continue to receive pupil premium for six years.
How do I make a claim?
Apply on-line to Leeds Council Click here to apply or speak to Mrs Lunn in the office who will be pleased to help.
Are there any other grants providing additional funds for children?
Schools receive a grant of £2,345 each year for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
Schools receive an annual grant of £310 for every pupil with a parent who:
- is serving in HM Forces
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
This funding is to help with pastoral support.
WHAT IS SPORTS PREMIUM FUNDING?
In 2013 the Government provided an additional £150 million to schools per annum to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding, provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, is allocated to primary school head teachers. The funding is ring-fenced and can only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of Funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but have freedom to choose how they do this.
Possible uses for the funding might include:
- Hiring specialist PE teachers or qualified sports coaches to work with primary teachers when teaching PE.
- Supporting and engaging the least active children through new and additional clubs.
- Paying for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport.
- Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE and sport.
- Running sports competitions, or increasing pupils’ participation in the school games.
- Buying quality assured professional development modules or materials for PE and sport.
- Providing places for pupils on after school sports clubs and holiday clubs.
- Pooling the additional funding with that of other local schools.