Can you help the school claim more money to boost learning?
Published on 20/03/17
Pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of pupils who come from homes where money is tight.
Pupil Premium – Why Claim?
The school is able to claim Pupil Premium funding if your child is entitled to free school meals. If your child also has a parent in the military or if a child has been in official local authority care we can also claim Pupil Premium.
How much can the school claim?
We can claim £935 depending on the child's circumstances.
If parents and carers do not claim for free school meals the school will lose a significant amount of funding. Pupil Premium money is essential to OSB providing our students and our community with the very best educational experience, especially for things that help children learn better and faster.
For example, we often use Pupil premium money to buy expensive equipment such as cameras or computer tablets for use in lessons when many schools would assume the children could buy their own and bring them in.
What are Free School Meals?
It is an entitlement for your child to receive a free two course meal each school day. Our school dinners are far better than they used to be!
It ensures your child has the option of claiming a hot or cold nutritious meal every day which is essential when we expect children to concentrate for long periods whilst in school.
How do you claim?
Your child might 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
- Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.