New Starter Pupil Premium
These pages are designed to keep parents up-to-date with the Latest News and Information re. KS1 Pupil Premium (based on Free School Meal criteria).
- What is Pupil Premium
Pupil Premium is additional funding given to state-funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
There are 4 elements to Pupil Premium:
- Free School Meal eligibility
- Service Children
- Adopted from Care, Special Guardianship Order and Residence Order
- Children in Care
Please note: This website covers Pupil Premium (based on existing Free School Meal Eligibility) ONLY. All other elements of the Pupil Premium are administered by schools; please direct enquiries to your Schools Administrator.
Any qualifying family that registers their eligibility (based on the Free School Meal criteria) will help raise Pupil Premium money for the school. For 2016-17, the additional funding will be £1,320 for a Primary School, for each registered child.
For further information as to how the funding is used please speak to your school directly.
- What's in it for me?
Pupil Premium entitlement (based on Free School Meal criteria) may attract other benefits such as Free School Milk and localised incentives eg: discounted trips or uniform allowances. For further information please refer to your Schools Administrator.
- Do I Need to Apply for Pupil Premium? (based on Free School Meal criteria)
Parents and Guardians with children in KS1 (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) at a Devon school may complete a Free School Meal Application to check entitlement.
You need to apply if:
- You are receiving any of the qualifying benefits (as below) and you do not have an existing Free School Meal claim – Applications should only be made if you believe the eligibility criteria is met.
You do not need to apply if:
- You have a current Free School Meal claim – We have automatically identified all new ‘Reception Year’ starters who are eligible because their sibling(s) have a current claim. These claims have already been added. You do not need to complete a new application, or take further action. Schools will be advised accordingly.
- You are not on any of the qualifying benefits – Please refer to the qualifying benefits below. Applications should only be made if you believe you meet the qualifying benefits.
- You wish your child to receive a Universal Infant Free School Meal – All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for a Universal Infant Free School Meal. Parents / Carers do not need to complete an application to receive Universal Infant Free School Meals.
- What Benefits Qualify for Pupil Premium? (based on Free School Meal criteria)
The only benefits that qualify for Free School Meals are:
- Income-based & Contribution-based JSA or ESA on an Equal Basis
- Income Support (IS)
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Please be aware that the following benefits do not qualify: Contributions-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Contributions-based Employment & Support Allowance, Working Tax Credit, Invalidity Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Child Benefit.
- What are Universal Infant Free School Meals?
All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 in state-funded schools in England are eligible for a Universal Infant Free School Meal.
Parents / Guardians do not need to apply for Universal Infant Free School Meals.
Free School Meal (FSM) eligibility should not be confused with Universal Infant Free School Meal (UIFSM) eligibility. Pupil Premium is based upon the Free School Meal criteria, this has continued to be the case with the introduction of UIFSM for pupils within Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (KS1). It is important that pupils within KS1 are still recorded as eligible for Free School Meals to ensure Pupil Premium funding is granted. Therefore, Parents, who meet the criteria, should check their eligibility. See section – Do I Need to Apply for Pupil Premium.
- How do I Apply for Pupil Premium? (based on Free School Meal criteria)
Through the Citizen Portal which is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision.
Use our online application form, which you can email to email@example.com or print out and post to FSM Team, Room L102, County Hall, Exeter EX2 4QD. Please note that from the 30th September 2017 this method of applying will be removed, as online applications will need to be made through the Citizen Portal.
Parents and carers can also ring the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.