The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. The extra funding is provided by the Government for each student registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM- see bottom of page) at any point in the last 6 years, as well as those who have ever been in care, or that have a parent in H.M. Forces. In the 2021 to 22 financial year, Eckington School will receive £955 for each eligible Pupil Premium student.
Our aim is to improve the outcomes, social capital, life chances, participation rate for this group of students, by providing them the equity to overcome the opportunity gap.
Eckington School has a population of Pupil Premium students broadly in line with national averages- approximately a quarter of the school. As such, the money that we spend on supporting these students needs to impact 25% of the population of our school, so the initiatives at times need to affect and be applicable to as many students as possible rather than being narrowly focused on only small groups of individuals. Where it has been identified as necessary, we do have initiatives that will single out groups of PP students for specific intervention, especially in post-COVID recovery, but by and large the processes we have put in place have far reaching impacts and so benefit large proportions of the school.
If you have any enquiries regarding the pupil premium funding please contact our pupil premium coordinator; Mrs Gregory or the pupil premium link governor.
Please click on the links below for our latest Pupil Premium Documents, which include a Spending Strategy for 2021-22 as well as a review of Spending for 2020-21:
Pupil Premium 2021-22
Pupil Premium 2020-21
Claiming for Free School Meals
If you receive any of the following support benefits you may be entitled to receive free school meals:
- Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the guarantee element of State 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) as assessed by HMRC
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
Information for the Derbyshire County Council Free School Meal Application can be found by clicking on the banner below: