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Pupil Premium

The Pupil Premium was introduced nationally in April 2011 and provides schools with additional funding to help close the gap between children who may be disadvantaged, and their peers nationally. There are a number of criteria for this funding, including: children eligible for free school meals, children in care or those who have previously been in care and children whose parents are serving in the armed forces. At Whiteshill, we have high aspirations for all of our children and this additional funding ensures that we can put support in place to ensure that everyone reaches their potential.
Your child may be able to get free school meals, and as a result, pupil premium funding, if you get 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 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 – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals. If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

If you think your child/ren may be eligible for free school meals and as a result, pupil premium funding, please visit the government website to find out:

How do we spend our pupil premium funding?

Below you can find our annual plan of how we are using the pupil premium funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. Our most recent plan can be found here, along with a review of last year’s spending and impact.