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Is your child entitled to Free School Meals?

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get 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 guaranteed 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

Even if your child does not want hot dinners, or they already receive one because of being in KS1, please tell your School if you get any of the above benefits.

Your child’s school can get extra funding if you do.

Pupil Premium - what you need to know


The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.

Key Information About Pupil Needs

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.

A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well-being of these children.

The main barriers to educational achievement that the disadvantaged children in our school face include the following possibilities:

  • Low income
  • Unsettled family arrangements
  • Inappropriate or inadequate housing
  • Emotional instability of family member(s)
  • Terminal illness or decreasing health of adults in the home
  • Children are young carers
  • Parents may not have had a successful or enjoyable education
  • Siblings may have had disrupted educational experiences
  • Safeguarding concerns
  • Attendance

Additionally, the following educational/health issues have been identified amongst our pupil premium children:

  • ASD
  • ADHD

How We Used This Money in 2015/16

Extra Teaching Assistant Support

Children nationally are targeted to achieve expected levels of attainment in each year group. The 2015 Y6 class was the last group to be assessed using levels, and they were expected to make 3 points’ progress per year or half a level, so that during their junior years they make 2 levels progress.
 At St Joseph’s children make, on average, progress in line with the national average. 95%-100% expected and 30% greater than expected.
 Forces children at St Joseph’s (6 children in the whole school) make good progress.
 Free school meal children at St Joseph’s make progress in line with the national average.

Data for 2015-2016

In recent years pupil premium children have made progress in line with pupil premium children nationally and generally in line with non pupil premium children as well. In 2015/16 pupil premium children were broadly in line with similar children nationally. This was below the figure for all children nationally due to significant non-educational issues within this specific group of children.

How we will use this money

Our funding for 2016-2017 is £43,560.

In order to address barriers to learning, we will spend our pupil premium funding as follows:

  • High quality data analysis and target setting to ensure high expectations
  • Planning that specifically meets the needs of these groups
  • Individual intervention plans
  • Quality first teaching
  • High quality teaching assistant support
  • Parent Support advisor support (accessing housing, welfare, health, young carer, adult education support for families)
  • ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant) training and support
  • CAF process

We will measure the impact of the pupil premium by:

  • Checking attendance
  • Engagement of parents in school events (parents evening, homework club etc)
  • Progress and attainment (in lessons, within a year, between key stages)
  • Downgrading of welfare concerns

The date of the next pupil premium strategy review is July 2017 and September 2017. Progress checks are also carried out periodically throughout the year.

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