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 2018-19, 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:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- Income Support (IS)
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (IRESA)
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also allowed to receive free school meals.
Please Note that from 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time. In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer a recipient of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary).
The Universal Credit rollout is currently expected to complete in March 2023.
- 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.