What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is additional funding that the government gives to schools for each pupil on roll where they are deemed to be disadvantaged. The money must be spent on that pupil to support their education, but it is for the school to determine how it is spent. The Department of Education website is a good source of additional information:
How do parents register their child’s entitlement for Pupil Premium?
Parents must apply for free school meals via Leicestershire County Council. To check if your child is eligible for free school meals please call (0116) 305 5417. It is a quick and simple process, all you need is your National Insurance Number, there are NO FORMS to complete. If your child is eligible, confirmation will be sent to you and the school within a few days. Please note that the school will not be informed of what benefits you are in receipt of, dates when a benefit was awarded or say how much you receive.
Pupils do not have to take up their entitlement to a free meal, but Local Authorities and schools recommend that they do. The government is made aware of each pupil claiming FSM each term via the school census.