Free School Meals and Pupil Premium
The pupil premium is additional funding given to schools to narrow attainment gaps between disadvantaged pupils and other pupils. It is paid for all pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or who have claimed free meals in the last six years. For the academic year 2021-2022, pupil premium eligibility has temporarily been extended to pupils with no recourse to public funds. Pupil premium plus is paid for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order. The service premium is paid for every pupil with a parent serving in the forces or who is retired on a Ministry of Defence pension. The rates for pupil premium are published each year and allocated on a per-pupil basis. The rate for primary pupils in the academic year 2021-2022 (based on the October 2020 census) is £1,345.
Pupil premium and free school meals
If your child is eligible for ‘free school meals’ and you register them for this, we’ll receive extra funding called ‘pupil premium’. We use this extra money to improve the educational provision and resources at the school.
Is my child eligible for free school meals?
Your child might be eligible if you access:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
Working Tax Credit run-on
Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
Universal infant free school meals
Currently, pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a free school meal thanks to a different government funding scheme known as universal infant free school meals (UIFSM). You shouldn’t confuse UIFSM with free school meals and the pupil premium.
If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 and is eligible for free school meals according to the criteria above, you should still register because we’ll receive the extra pupil premium funding.
Does my child have to eat the free school meals?
No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you’re eligible but you want your child to have a packed lunch you should still register because the school will receive the funding which can support your child in other ways.
How do I register?
If you are a Sefton resident please contact:
Telephone: 0151 934 3263
If you are a Knowsley Resident