At Eversholt Lower School, we believe that every child should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential academically, spiritually and emotionally. The Pupil Premium is additional funding that the school receives from the Department for Education (DfE) for students on free school meals. It was introduced by the government in April 2011 and is allocated to the school to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children looked after by the local authority LAC or have previously been looked after PLAC by the local authority and children whose parents currently serve in the armed forces.
This funding can be used to support your child’s learning and development. Examples of ways we have used the funding include the provision of sporting sessions, cooking opportunities, musical instruments lessons, additional adult support and resources of interest to your child. We can also support paying for school trips, school uniform, swimming, free milk and as they get older (i.e. from Year 3 onwards) to continue receiving free school meals.
If you receive any of the following benefits, you may be eligible for the Pupil Premium:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit
- Child tax credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit, and your annual gross income does not exceed £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax credit)
- Universal Credit (during our initial roll-out of this benefit)
The same criteria will also determine whether your child will qualify for a free school meal in Years 3 and 4.
If you think you qualify for the Pupil Premium Grant, please call Central Bedfordshire Council on 0300 300 8306, and advise them that you have a child at Eversholt Lower School and you believe you are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant.
Please have the following information ready to share with them:
• National insurance numbers and dates of birth for you and your partner
• Dates of birth of your children
• If you receive support from the National Asylum Support Service, your NASS number
The information you provide will only be used to increase the school’s funding for your child and will remain confidential.
This funding is important to support your child, and I strongly urge you to apply if you believe you are eligible.
If you need further help or information, please call the School office.
See our Pupil Premium Grant, which explains how the school approaches the support of children in receipt of Pupil Premium funding and our vision for the future please see here.
The pupil premium is used to provide additional support and assist in raising achievement for students who need it most, for example, meeting part of the cost of educational trips, help with school uniform, and access to clubs or online resources to support PP children. We have access to a play therapist who also runs nurture groups, and we provide extra targeted support to raise attainment in areas pupils may need support in.
How to apply: call Central Bedfordshire on 0300 300 8306