What is Pupil Premium?
The government provides schools with additional funding to support or enhance the learning of children who are currently entitled to free school meals, or have been within the last six years; this is called Pupil Premium funding. The school can use this money in a variety of ways to give children additional help with their learning, for example, additional adult time in class, purchasing resources which may help them, helping to pay for school visits, etc. However, in order for us to receive the funding, it's essential that parents/carers apply for pupil premium funding.
Pupil Premium funding is also allocated to schools when a child is from a family with one or both parents in the armed forces or where a child is Looked After by the Local Authority, or has been looked after by the Local Authority in the past. Parents are asked about this when children enroll in the school so that we can access this funding to support children.
Who Qualifies for Government Free School Meals?
At Woodfield, all children receive a lunch every day as part of the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme. However, in order for us to benefit from the additional funding for pupil premium, parents have to register for free school meals if they are entitled to this. Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- 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
- 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 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit
Where can I find out more information?
All applications for free school meals are made to Shropshire Council. For further information about free school meals, visit Shropshire Council's website by clicking on this link:
How do I Apply for Free School Meals?
If you think you are eligible to apply for free school meals, please click here to apply direct to Shropshire Council:
If you need help with your application, our admin team are very happy to help you and can guide you through this process; please call in at the school office if you would like them to help you apply.
How Does Woodfield Spend their Pupil Premium Funding?
The report below shows how we have spent the funding last year, what the impact was and how we are spending our funding this year for the benefit of the children at Woodfield.