The Green Flying High Academy
Link between Pupil Premium and Free School Meals
All infant pupils are entitled to free school meals.
However, it's still important that schools know which infant pupils meet the benefit criteria for free school meals.
This is because the school receives pupil premium and funding based on the number of pupils that are eligible for free school meals.
What is Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years.
Pupil Premium funding from the government is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation.
It is provided specifically for pupils who:
- Are registered for free school meals
- Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
- Are, or have been, in care
- Have parents in the armed forces
What are the aims of Pupil Premium?
Nationally there is a gap in attainment between those children who are eligible for Free School Meals and their peers. The main purpose of the Pupil Premium is to close this gap by raising the achievements and aspirations of disadvantaged groups of children.
Who is eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Your child might be eligible for free school meals if you access:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
Parent letter regarding Pupil Premium eligibility
How is the Pupil Premium used at The Green Infant School?
The Government has given schools discretion in how to best use the funding to meet the needs of their children.
Click below (Documents) for detailed information on how we use the Pupil Premium at The Green and the impact it has had for the year.
How can parents/carers contribute to the success of the Pupil Premium scheme?
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, it is worth registering them even if you are not going to have the school lunch. It will have a direct impact on the funding and will maximise the support we can provide.
Parental support and involvement is a key factor in raising standards. Please contact; Mrs Smith in the office, or Miss Smith the Head Teacher if you would like help and advice on how to best support your child.