The Pupil Premium Grant
The Pupil Premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to address inequalities, enable support to raise the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils and diminish the difference between them and their peers. As an inclusive school, Town Farm School is committed to the belief that background should not be a disadvantage to consistent attainment and progress of our pupils.
Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and allocated to schools so they can work with pupils who have been registered as eligible for free school meals. In April 2013, this was extended to those who had been registered at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 & FSM’). Schools also received funding for pupils who have been looked after by the Local Authority for more than six months, or adopted and for pupils whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces, or whose parent/guardian is in receipt of a pension from the MoD.
The school is free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, however it is accountable for how this additional funding to support pupils from low-income families is spent. Our current Pupil Premium strategy is reviewed frequently and is formally reviewed at the end of each academic year. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.
You can find more information from the Department for Education here.
How to register your child
Town Farm Primary School receives the Pupil Premium grant based on the number of children eligible for free school meals, even if those children do not wish to take up the free school meal. The more children who are eligible for free school meals, the more funding Town Farm Primary receives which can be used to benefit pupils.
Families in receipt of the following benefits may be eligible for free school meals:
- Universal Credit with an annual net earned of no more that £7,400
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (but no Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
- N.B If you receive WORKING TAX CREDIT you do NOT qualify even if you receive tax credit and your income is below £16,190
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
If you think that your family’s income means that you may be eligible for free school meals, please contact the school office.