CLICK HERE to read our Pupil Premium strategy statement for 2021-2024.
The Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is provided to schools to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The pupil premium is a government payment to schools, to boost the learning of children from lower income backgrounds. (It can make a very large difference for schools, for example, in 2023/24, it will be £1,455 per year for primary students, and £1,035 for secondary students.) A school gets the money for every child who has (or has had) benefit-related free school meals, but payment only starts when you apply. If your child is eligible and you do not apply immediately when they start school, they will still get a free lunch in their infant years, but the school could miss out on up to three years of pupil premium funding.
Click here for a useful government guide.
If you are a resident of BANES, click here to visit their website with further details including how to apply.
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
At Welton we believe that parents should have the opportunity to say how the pupil premium should be spent for their child. This is why we have a 'Request for Funding' form which we encourage parents and carers to fill in if they would like to apply the funding for a specific need. Click here for a copy of the funding request form which can be printed out or completed on line and then emailed to the school.
If you have any questions or are unsure if you are eligible, please contact the school in confidence.