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Pupil Premium Grant

Explains what the Pupil Premium Grant is and how it works, who qualifies and how the grant benefits those who are eligible.

What is the Pupil Premium Grant?

The Pupil Premium Grant is additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at children from low income families to ensure that they benefit from the same opportunities as children from families with higher incomes.

How much is it worth?

The school will receive £1300 per year for every eligible child from Reception onwards. From April 2015 they will receive £300 a year for every child in Foundation Stage 1.

How can I find out if my child is eligible?

The grant is paid for every child who receives free school meals. However families may not choose to claim free school meals, but if they have an income below £16,190 then a child is still eligible.  By following the link and completing the form you will be told whether or not your child is eligible for both free school meals and the Pupil Premium Grant. 

Pupil Premium Grant enquiry form

My child is already receiving free school meals, what else do I have to do?

If your child is in Year 3 or above you don’t have to do anything else as the school has the information they need to claim the Pupil Premium Grant. 

I don’t like completing forms over the internet. Is there any other way that I can do it?

Yes you can phone the East Riding of Yorkshire’s benefit section on (01482) 394799. You will be asked for the following information: your name and date of birth, your National Insurance Number and your child’s name, date of birth and school that they are or are going to attend. If you prefer to complete a paper form you can ask for one at your child’s school. 

If my child is eligible for the grant in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will I have to apply for free school meals again in the future?

No. If a Pupil Premium Grant has been awarded because of free school meals entitlement you will not need to reapply when your child is about to go into year three

What do I have to do if my circumstances change and our family income increases? 

You will need to inform the council but you will be told how to do this in the letter you receive confirming that your child is eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant.

If my child is eligible for the grant will I receive any of the money?

No. The money is paid directly to the school to benefit your child’s education.

How will the school use the money to support my child?

Schools can use the money in many different ways. If may pay for additional staff hours to work with an individual children or small groups, it may pay for particular resources or other kind of specific support.

Do I have any say in how the money is used?

You are unlikely to have a say in how the school decides to spend the money but you can ask your child’s teacher how he or she is benefitting from the grant and if there is anything you can do at home to help your child progress even more.

If I want more information who can I talk to?

Contact your child’s school and ask to speak to someone about the Pupil Premium Grant.