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Pupil Premium Strategy at Anthony Bek




What is Pupil Premium?


In April 2011 the Government introduced the Pupil Premium. This is funding allocated to schools

which is additional to main school funding. Essentially, this supplementary funding was designed

to narrow the attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged families and their peers,

where this exists. Schools are given the independence to target these additional funds in order

to meet the needs of pupils at risk of under-achieving based on their circumstances and are required to share on their school website information about how the funding is being spent and the impact of the spending on the attainment and progress of eligible pupils.


Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?


All children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) or who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the past 6 years are eligible for Pupil Premium. This is why it is extremely important that all families complete applications for FSM if they meet the criteria even if the child may not access the actual meal.


Your child may be entitled to FSM if you are entitled to any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are 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


A smaller Pupil Premium grant is also allocated for children whose parents/parent serve in the armed forces. Normally, this group is not under-achieving compared to their peers but the premium enables schools to provide extra support including pastoral support where required. Children whose parents have left the Services since April 2011 will still be eligible, up to a maximum of six years.


Children who are in/ have been in the care of the local authority for 1 day or more are eligible for a slightly higher amount of Pupil Premium funding. However, funding for these pupils doesn’t automatically go to the school: it is allocated to the local authority and schools can claim for the funding each term in agreement with carers and the local authority.


Please see the file attached below to see our current strategy statement  which shows how we intend to spend the money in this academic year and the impact and evaluation of our spending from the previous year.