Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Schools are given a pupil premium for:
- Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years. The school receives £1320 for each of these children.
- Children who have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day. The school is awarded a premium of £1900 for each child.
- Children of service families. The school receives £300 for each of these children.
The school can only make a claim for this money from the government if you have registered your child for this. We have made this easy:
- You can talk to the school office (by phone or in person) who will register your child. All we need is your National Insurance number and Date of Birth. OR
- Complete a form available from the school office and the school will do the rest.
The money is spent on providing appropriate help and interventions to improve the attainment of these pupils. We also ensure that you receive financial help during their time at Radipole.
In return, for each child, you will get:
- a grant (£35) from the school to help pay for school uniform (purchased from Schoolwear or DEP).
- free school trips in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
- free school meals will continue at the end of Year 2 until your child leaves the school.
- free ‘board and lodging’ fees for residential trips in Year 4 and Year 6.
Do you qualify to register?
If you get any of these benefits then please register:
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment you may receive for a further 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
- Universal Credit.
Come and talk to us at school if you are not sure. Please be assured that registering will not affect any benefits that you are claiming and that your registration will be kept in the strictest confidence.
The Pupil Premium Strategy explains how we spend the grant and the impact that it has had.