Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium  is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

At Tall Oaks Academy Trust we have high aspirations and ambitions for all of our children and we firmly believe that no child should be disadvantaged. All our children are given the chance to reach their full potential and we use our Pupil Premium funding to help us achieve this.

Information to be published to parents:

Schools are now required to publish their Pupil Premium Strategy. This includes:
  • The amount of the school's allocation of pupil premium grant
  • Details of the main barriers to educational achievement
  • How the allocation will be spent to address the barriers and why these approaches are taken
  • How the school will measure the impact of the pupil premium
  • The date of the next pupil premium strategy review

Each financial school year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:

£1,320 for pupils in Reception year to Year 6

Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local authority care because of one of the following:

  • Adoption
  • A Special Guardianship Order
  • A Child Arrangements Order
  • A Residence Order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local authority care for any of the reasons above, they will receive £1,900 funding.

Children who have been in local authority care for one day or more also attract £1,900 pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils does not go to the school, it goes to the Virtual School Head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child.

Eligibility for Free School Meals

A parent may wish to check their child's eligibility for free school meals. Please contact the school office if you would like assistance in this matter.

Parents in England are eligible for free school meals if they receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an assessed annual income that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit additional payment - payment available for qualifying parents for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.

If you think your child is eligible for Free School Meals, even if you do not want your child to eat school meals please contact the school office. Every child who is eligible generates valuable income for the school.