The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives.
It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families.
Pupil Premium goes to students who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for (FSM) in the past six years.
Students in care, who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months, also continue to qualify for the Pupil Premium.
Why is there Pupil Premium?
Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
* Generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
* Often do not perform as well as their peers
The Pupil Premium Grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and exam results they achieve.
Your child or children can get a Free School Meal if you, your partner or the child is receiving one of the benefits below:
Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA(IB)) - Not JSA(Contribution based)
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA(IR) support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190.