Free Schools Meals and Pupil Premium Funding
Since April 2011 schools have received Pupil Premium funding for pupils from low-income families, for pupils who are in care, for example fostered, and pupils of armed service personnel. This also includes pupils eligible at any point in the last six years, known as the Ever 6 FSM Measure. In order to trigger this re-directed funding for school, parents need to advise school if they are in receipt of:
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• the guaranteed element of State 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
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools are eligible for ‘Universal Infant Free School Meals’. In addition, children from Reception through to Year 6 are entitled to receive free school meals if their parents or carers are in receipt of certain types of benefits.
During the current financial year our school will receive £1300 pupil premium per eligible pupil. Pupil Premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. It is paid to our school and enables us to provide additional resources and opportunities for those pupils. Ofsted inspections report on how our use of funding affects the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils.
In order to trigger Pupil Premium funding we need to register children who would be entitled to 'Free School Meals ' if parents had to pay for them as under the old system. Although meals are now free in our school it is important for us to maintain a ‘free school meal register’ as our pupils will only receive the Pupil Premium if they meet the criteria detailed above.
We would like to remind you that if you are what the government terms ‘on a low income’ your child qualifies for the Free School Meals register. Pupils don’t have to take our meals if they don’t want to; however, if they are on this register then they qualify for Pupil Premium funding.
Registering for Free School Meals
You can get further information and register online at https://www.myfreeschoolmeals.com
or complete the form below and we will register on your behalf. If you are unsure if you qualify please complete the form and we can check on your behalf. Paper copies of the form are also available from the school office.
The Early Years Pupil Premium (Nursery- Mallards)
From April 2015, nurseries, schools, childminders and other childcare providers will be able to claim extra funding through the Early Years Pupil Premium to support children’s development, learning and care.
National data and research tells that children eligible for free school meals tend to do less well, for example in 2014 45% (38% Oxfordshire) of children eligible for free school meals achieved the expected level at the end of the early years foundation stage compared with 64% (63% Oxfordshire) of other children. The Early Years Pupil Premium will provide us with extra funding to close this gap.
The Early Years Pupil Premium provides an extra 53 pence per hour for three and four year old children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits or who have been in care or adopted from care. This means an extra £302 a year for each child taking up the full 570 hours funded entitlement to early education. This additional money could make a significant difference to us.
We can use the extra funding in any way we choose to improve the quality of the early years education that we provide for your child.
It is well documented that high quality early education can influence how well a child does at both primary and secondary school so we do want to make the most of this additional funding. You may be aware if you have older children that a pupil premium has been available for school age children and it has proved to have given a real boost to the children receiving the funding. We want to do the same for our early years children entitled to this funding.
If you meet the criteria for 'free school meals' as detailed above then please apply using the form below and return to the school office. Paper copies are also available ifrom the school office. If you are unsure if you would qualify please complete the form and we can check on your behalf.