What is Pupil Premium?
Schools are given some additional funding, the Pupil Premium Grant (PPG), to support specific pupils. PPG provides funding for two policies:
The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell their school – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables the school to claim pupil premium funds.
How to apply for additional funds
All Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils in state-funded schools automatically have free school meals. This is known as “universal entitlement”.
However, you may be able to apply for additional funding to support the school's provision for disadvantaged pupils. Families who receive the following are eligible for free school meals:
If you think you receive one of the qualifying benefits we recommend that you apply (see link below). This will mean your child’s school does not miss out on important funding.
It may also mean your child will continue to receive free meals after the end of Year 2. The online checking system only confirms or denies your eligibility to claim free school meals, it does not give WCC any other information.