Did you know ….. just registering your child for Free School Meals means that the school gets extra money? The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered Palterton School will get £1,300 this year. With this money we provide additional learning resources and targeted support.
Please register as soon as possible to make sure your child and others in their class don’t miss out. Click here to find out if you are eligible and to download an application form for Free School Meals.
Pupil Premium Grant Explained
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Schools are given pupil premium for:
- Children who have qualified for free school meals at any point in the last six years. The school receives £1300 for each of these children.
- Children who have been looked after under local authority care for more than one day. These children are awarded a premium of £1900.
Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.