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What is Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6’). The funding is used to provide additional educational support to improve progress and to raise the standard of achievement for pupils who are, or who have ever been, registered as eligible for FSM.  Currently, primary schools receive £1,345 per pupil, per year. A Service Pupil Premium (SPP) has also been introduced for children whose parents are in the armed forces. This funding is specifically aimed at providing pastoral support ensuring the social and emotional well-being of the child. Each school receives £310 per pupil, per year for this. In addition, children who are adopted or on a special guardianship receive extra funding called Pupil Premium Plus. This attracts a higher rate of £2345 per year, per child and this funding is used to narrow and close the gap between the achievement of these pupils and their peers and whilst also ensuring the social and emotional well-being.

How can I find out if my child is eligible for Pupil Premium Funding?

Your child may 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 - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Whilst we understand that children in Reception and Key Stage One are automatically entitled to a free school meal we do recommend you do apply as it does entitle your child to more funding.

If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate in contacting Staffordshire County Council on 0300 1118007,  email or apply directly through