Pupil Premium

Does Your Child Qualify for Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. It is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), Looked after Children, children adopted from care and Service Forces children. It also includes pupils who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).

Every child whose parents are receiving one of the welfare benefits listed below could be eligible for Free School Meals and therefore will qualify for Pupil Premium funding:
1) Income Support
2) Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
3) Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
4) The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
5) Child Tax Credit (as long as you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
6) Working Tax Credit run-on
7) Universal Credit

If you think your child might be eligible for Pupil Premium, please use the new Citizen Portal to sign up, even if your child is in year R, 1 or 2 and receiving universal free school meals, or if you have applied before but your circumstances have now changed. This is additional funding can be used to spend on extra resources and support for eligible children.

The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or hand held device. If you qualify, you will receive a reference number that you simply bring in and show us at school to start receiving free meals.

Please register at: https://emsonline.milton-keynes.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE
A link to this site is also found on the School Meals area of the school website.

If registering demonstrates that your child is eligible for Free School Meals or/and the Pupil Premium, you will be sent an email with an authorisation code. Please provide the school office with a copy of this email.

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

The Pupil Premium is also allocated to children who have been looked after continuously for more than six years, and children of service personnel.