All children starting school in reception class, Year 1, or Year 2 will get a free meal. However, even if your child is in one of these year groups we still need you to apply for free meals if you are receiving benefits. This will allow your school to claim important extra funding that will benefit your child. Schools get extra funding, known as the ‘Pupil Premium’, for every child registered as eligible for a free school meal. Schools use this money for activities such as booster classes, educational trips, residential trips, additional interventions and after school clubs.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. Since then the amount schools and academies receive has increased. Schools and academies receive funding based on the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years and for children who are in, or who have left, local authority care.
In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools received £1,320 for each pupil from Reception to Year 6 who was registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years. Schools also received £2,300 for each pupil who had left local authority care due to:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
Applications can be made online at:
Information and guidance about applying can be found by clicking below.
Guide to Applying for Free School Meals
The Pupil Premium Grant at De Beauvoir Primary School:
Our Vision states that:
We encourage every pupil to strive for excellence, understanding the importance of high expectations for those from traditionally underachieving groups;
We therefore recognise our duty to raise achievements for pupils who are eligible for Pupil Premium and understand that often these pupils must make faster progress than non-eligible pupils. We are determined to achieve this.
At De Beauvoir, we focus on a wide range of support aimed to tackle the many barriers to progress including; attendance, behaviour, external factors, professional development focusing on improving outcomes for eligible pupils, improving the quality of teaching and learning, language acquisition, parental engagement, opportunities for first-hand experiences and development of literacy and numeracy skills.
We use our rigorous assessment systems to track and enable thorough analysis of data (Reading, Writing and Maths) to identify pupils who are under achieving and we undertake to discover why.
We use data to identify and target children for interventions to accelerate progress of eligible pupils and close the attainment gap compared to their peers.
We carefully track the impact of targeted spending (interventions, projects or pedagogy) on attainment and progress of eligible pupils.
The headteacher and governors have a clear overview of how funding is allocated and the difference it is making to the outcomes of pupils termly.
We ensure that all class teachers, phase leaders and subject leaders know which pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium so they can take responsibility for accelerating progress and closing attainment gaps.
Pupil Premium Reports
- During the 2019-2020 financial year, we received £180,000.
- During the 2018-2019, we received £247,420.
- During 2017-2018, we received £249,351.
- During 2016-2017, we received £288,804.
- During 2015-2016, we received £286,440.
- During 2014-2015, we received £261,300.
Pupil Premium Strategy 2019-2022
Pupil Premium Strategy 2018 – 2019
Pupil Premium Strategy 2017 – 2018