The Government introduced Pupil Premium in April 2011 as an additional resources to main school funding, believing it to be the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FMS) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle pupils who are disadvantaged financially, and who need it most. The Pupil Premium is also awarded to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. There is also now Ever Six Funding, which is the same amount as Pupil Premium, this is allocated to all children of families who have qualified for Pupil Premium during the previous six years.
Free school meals for year 3 and above and pupil premium for infant school children
Free school meals is a service that is available when your child first starts school up to the age of 18 as long as they are in full time education. If you think your child would qualify, please apply even if your child is receiving Universal Infant Free School Meals as this also offers your school additional funding called Pupil Premium.
Is my child entitled to free school meals?
If you are in receipt of any of the following, your child may be eligible for the free school meals service.
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit, with no element of Working Tax Credit, and a household income below £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs)
- Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
- Universal Credit
If a child resides in a local authority care home they will not qualify for free school meals. This is because Government funding has already been allocated to fund their meals.
How do I apply?
Check your eligibility and apply for free school meals using the Northampton County Council online form available here:
Our Pupil Premium Pupils
Crick School has 12 pupils currently on Pupil Premium, which equates to approximately 6% of pupils on roll.
There are a variety of strategies in place to support pupils, with most funding being directed towards one-to-one and additional teaching assistant support for disadvantaged pupils. We feel this strategy is of most benefit to our pupils as a concerted focus on key skills, alongside individualised pastoral support, will help pupils to thrive, both in school and in wider life as they mature.
The main barriers to learning for our disadvantaged pupils include a lack of parental engagement in some cases, and social/emotional issues in some cases. In addition, the marked contrast socio-economically between children who all live in the same village can be a barrier.
Additional financial support is given to help parents pay for school trips and residential visits, to ensure disadvantaged pupils receive the same provision as other pupils, and to help raise their self-esteem. Funding is also provided for extra-curricular activities, such as music tuition.
The impact of our Pupil Premium spend is measured by analysis of academic outcomes for pupils, compared with others of the same cohort, together with comparisons of the progress achieved. In addition, more qualitative assessment is made of the social and emotional progress made by individual children, to help show the difference we have made.