Pupil premium funding

Information for parents about the pupil premium and how schools can use it.

The pupil premium is money given to schools to improve the education of children who are economically disadvantaged or children who have been in care or adopted from care. This extra funding of £1,385 per child is used to enable schools to support learning and development and improve educational outcomes.

Who is eligible?

Your child may be eligible if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • 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).

Or if your child

  • Is currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales
  • Has left care in England or Wales through an adoption order, a special guardianship order, or a child arrangements order.

How to apply

Talk to your child’s teacher or the school office and the school will apply on your behalf.

How much money your child’s school will receive

The school can claim an additional £1,385.

How the money will benefit your child

Schools will use the money in ways they think will best support your child’s learning and development and improve their educational outcomes. Some examples include:

  • Providing music lessons for families would be unable to pay for them
  • Funding educational trips and visits
  • Paying for extra help with speech and language

If you are eligible, your child will automatically receive free school meals when they reach Key Stage 2.

What happens if your financial situation changes

Your child’s school will continue to receive the funding for the next six years.