Shakespeare Infant School

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Who is entitled to Pupil Premium?

Did you know?

If you are in receipt of any of the benefits listed below and you apply for free school meals, your child’s school will receive a Pupil Premium Grant to support your child’s education!

Is your child eligible?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:


Income support

•Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance

•Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

•Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

•The guaranteed element of state Pension Credit

Child Tax Credit, provided that you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less

Universal Credit


Children in local authority care or who are part of service families are also eligible.


If you are in receipt of any of the benefits specified above, please complete an on-line application.

Once your application has been successfully processed, we will send you confirmation. Your eligibility will be checked every three months and they will notify you and the school your child attends if you are no longer eligible


From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium


If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us - even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim pupil premium.

How is it Spent?

Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, as they are best placed to identify what would be of most benefit to the children who are eligible.


Often, all of the children in a class will reap some benefit from how the school spends its pupil premium: for example, if the money is used to fund an additional teaching assistant who works across the whole class, rather than providing one-to-one support. But research shows that the fund does help to narrow gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers, particularly in English and maths.

What are the benefits for you?

Ways in which we have spent the pupil premium fund include:

Extra one-to-one or small-group support for children within the classroom

•Employing extra teaching assistants to work with classes

•Running a school breakfast club to improve attendance.

•Providing extra tuition for able children who receive the pupil premium, for example in preparation for Level 6 SATs.

•Providing after-school clubs for children whose families would be unable to pay for them.

•Funding educational trips and visits.

•Funding support for children who speak another language at home.

•Investing in resources that boost children’s learning, such as laptops or tablets