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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium is additional funding provided by the government to school. Schools receive an additional amount of money for every pupil who is/has been entitled to free school meals. 

The aim of Pupil Premium is to provide additional support to pupils to enable them to reach their full potential and achieve academic success. Headteachers and teachers decide how to use the Pupil Premium allocation, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for individual pupils.

‘We know a good education is the key to improving young people’s life chances, to enable them to progress into adulthood with the skills and confidence for success. The Pupil Premium will provide schools with the resources with which to address inequalities in the system and raise the attainment of those pupils from low income families’. (DFE)

How we use the funding

At Pinfold we pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date with current research.  We use this information to make informed decisions about the best way to teach and support pupils.

What are the possible barriers to children achieving?

For some of our children, there are external barriers which the school looks to break down. Whilst not attributable to all children and families in receipt of Pupil Premium, some factors include:

  • Low parental aspirations

  • High levels of deprivation, over 95% of school population live in most deprived areas

  • Poor or low attendance, including term-time holidays

  • Starting school at below age-related levels (socially, emotionally and academically)

  • Poor behaviour and attitudes to learning

  • Lack of parental engagement in children’s learning

  • Some safeguarding issues affecting children’s well-being

  • Lack of cultural and enrichment activities

  • Some speech and language difficulties

  • Local language idiosyncrasies which can hinder the learning of Standard English

Is your child eligible for Free School Meals?

Please help us to receive all of the funding we are entitled to, by applying for free school meals, even if your child would prefer to bring a packed lunch to school every day.

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related 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 run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:


Infant free school meals in England

Your child will be able to get free school meals if they’re in:

  • Reception class

  • Year 1

  • Year 2

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