The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
Pupil Premium is allocated to our school and is clearly identifiable. The Government believes that it is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. The Government requires schools to publish online information about how they have used or plan to use the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
You can see detailed information about our plans for Pupil Premium below by clicking on the image below.
Free School Meals
As you know, all children attending state-funded schools are eligible to receive a free school meal if their parent receives one of the following benefits:
- income support
- income based jobseekers allowance
- income related employment support allowance
- support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guarantee element of state pension credit
- child tax credit (provided that they are not entitled to working tax credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs).
In addition, from September 2014 all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 must be provided with a free school meal. For full details see the attached factsheet. It is important that all families who receive a qualifying benefit for free school meals register with the free school meals team to ensure that pupil premium is allocated appropriately to your school.
Parents can register for free school meals in a number of ways:
- Completing an online form – https://secure.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/learningandwork/free-school-meals/fsm-apply/
- Telephoning the free school meals team – 01623 433009
- Completing a hard copy application form – available on our website http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/learning/schools/school-dinners/free-school-meals/
Previously the free school meals team were able to accept faxed copies of the application form, however this facility is no longer located within the team area and any faxed applications can result in a delay in free school meals being authorised. Faxed copies of applications are not a secure method of sending this information and parents should be advised to use one of the above methods when applying for free school meals. If you wish to send a copy of the application form on behalf of parents, please do not fax the information. Applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.