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Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

posted Jan 9, 2015, 3:07 AM by N Sirett

As you are aware, all children in early years and years 1 and 2 are now entitled to a free school meal. However, it is still important, for your child and the school, to register if you qualify for free school meals.

If a child is eligible for free school meals at any point during their primary schooling they attract the pupil premium every year until they go to secondary school. This year the pupil premium is £1300 per child. This funding is important to the school as it allows us to invest in more staff and new resources. The pupil premium is worth over £100 000 to the school in 2014-15.

Children who attract the pupil premium are carefully tracked through the school. Based on need, they are prioritised by the school for additional help, study support, year 6-7 transition summer school and one to one tuition. This is because this group of pupils nationally underperforms academically. At Mersea Island School the support we provide has enabled these pupils at the end of year 6 to achieve as well as their peers over the last two years.

In cases of particular hardship, financial support is also available from the school to meet the costs of after school clubs and visits; particularly with meeting the costs of residential visits in year 5 and 6.

If any of the criteria listed below apply to you, you may be eligible:

·         Income Support

·         Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

·         Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

·         Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service) under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

·         the guarantee element of State Pension Credit

·         Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

·         Working Tax Credit run-on

·         Universal Credit.

Therefore, if you are entitled to free school meals please apply, regardless of which year group your child is in.
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