What is it and how does it work at Penketh South?
Each school is allocated an amount of funding called the Pupil Premium for specific children that the government terms as ‘disadvantaged’. This may be because of low income or it may be because a child is in care or has been adopted from care, for example; or a pupil may have a parent who works in the armed forces. Pupils who are entitled to free school meals are entitled to Pupil Premium funding as well as those who have had free school meals in the last six years.
This funding has to be spent directly on the pupils the funding was intended for and has to be properly accounted for.
At Penketh South, we ensure that pupils are identified and that the adults that work with the pupils are fully aware that there is additional funding available for those specific children. Their needs are assessed carefully and then we plan to ensure we are meeting their needs fully.
At three points in the year, we hold Pupil Progress meetings to evaluate the progress of the children at Penketh South. We focus closely on the group of children who attract additional funding through Pupil Premium to determine whether they are making appropriate progress and if not, we consider new strategies to help the children overcome any barriers they may have. Each individual child is considered and discussed and the provision for them is very personalised. Children who attract Pupil Premium funding can be of any ability: it is not simply for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.
The Pupil Premium spending plan is also monitored and evaluated at least termly.
If you think your child may be entitled to free school meals or Pupil Premium, please contact the School Office for more details - see below for a list of entitlement criteria for Free School Meals.
How did we spend the Pupil Premium in 2020-21 and what was the impact?
See the file at the bottom of this page.
Free school meals
What is it?
Your children could get free school meals if you get an income-based benefit (for example Income Support), or Child Tax Credit only. You can sometimes qualify if you get Working Tax Credit as well. But it depends on the income your tax credits have been worked out on, and where you live in the UK.
Free school meals - can I get it?
You can apply for free school meals if you or your child receive any of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less
- Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.