What is the Pupil Premium?
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, a lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Who can apply for Pupil Premium?
The majority of pupils who are eligible for pupil premium are also entitled to get free school meals (in addition to the universal free school meal to all pupils in EYFS, Class 1 and Class 2).
You are eligible for free school means if you are on:
- 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. You must also 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)
The easiest and quickest way to apply is online at https://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/childreneducation/Schools/FreeSchoolMeals.aspx
However, if you do not have access to the internet, our office team will happily assist you in school.
How is the money allocated?
Each school has to give an account to parents of how it intends/has spent the pupil premium in order to improve outcomes for disadvantaged pupils.
We recognise that some families might be reluctant to claim this benefit, despite the extra money that it gives school. Therefore we offer an instant £40 Stephenson’s uniform voucher each year for each child in receipt of the Pupil Premium grant.
2021-22 Spending Plans (including COVID recovery funding)
2020-21 Spending Review
2019-20 Spending Review
2018-19 Spending Review
Our Pupil Premium champion is Mrs Fidge and she is responsible for the Pupil Premium strategy in the school, alongside the Headteacher. She is your first point of contact should you have any further questions.
Our SEND and Pupil Premium governor, Mrs Sarah Andrews, also has responsibility of oversight in this area.