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Disadvantaged Pupil Premium and Catch Up Premium

The disadvantaged pupil premium is allocated to schools 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 who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. 

Free school meals - am I eligible?

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.

Although all pupils in Reception-Year 2 receive universal free school meals, it is still vital that parents register for income based free school meals if any of the conditions above apply. This allows the payment of pupil premium funding to the school so that they can support your children. 

Catch Up / Recovery Premium

The government has announced funding to support children and young people to catch up from the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Education Endowment Fund (EEF) has provided early research evidence around projections for the impact of school closures during lockdown, predominantly on the impact for disadvantaged pupils. The school’s strategic response to devising and implementing the Catch- Up programme fully takes these findings into account. 

Schools should use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils to catch up for lost teaching over the previous months. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances.

Key Document

Pupil Premium 3 year Strategy Statement (including impact overview for 2022-23)


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