Heathlands Primary Academy

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Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The government introduced pupil premium funding in April 2011.  It is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).

The government believes that the pupil premium funding, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and non-FSM children to ensure the funding reaches the pupils who need it most.

Schools also receive funding for children who have been 'looked after' continuously for more than six months or for children of service personnel.


How much is the pupil premium funding?

The funding is usually £1300 per pupil. The Pupil Premium Action Plan below explains our spending for the financial year 2016 - 2017 


Free school meals at Heathlands Primary Academy

At Heathlands we are able to offer all pupils a cooked lunch. (There is a charge for pupils in Key Stage 2 who are not eligible for free school meals). It is very important that pupils are registered as eligible for free school meals as this will ensure your child will receive additional educational funding.  If you would like further information or advice please speak to a member of the office team in confidence.


Who is eligible for Free School Meals?

Children from families who receive

  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit