Pupil Premium Intro

The Pupil Premium Grant was introduced in April 2011 by the Government to provide additional funding to address the gap in educational attainment and long-term economic well-being between socially disadvantaged children and young people compared to their peers. The reasons for this correlation are complex and no actual causal relationship has been proven.
It was allocated to children from low income families, who were known to be eligible for Free School Meals, and children who had been looked after continuously for more than six months.
Eligibility for the Pupil Premium funding for 2012-2013 was extended to pupils who have been eligible for Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever6 Free School Meals measure).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, those that have been adopted and a smaller amount for the children of service personnel. 



Could your child be eligible for a Pupil Premium grant?

Children qualify for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Universal credit (provided you have a net income of £7400 or less)
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less

Children also qualify if:

  • Children are in care
  • Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order
  • Children recorded as being from service families


If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us. Even if they're in Early Years or KS1 and receive universal school meals for infant pupils, or are in KS2 and take a packed lunch – as this enables us to claim pupil premium.

We are aware that the Covid 19 pandemic has seen some personal circumstances change dramatically. Many have lost income and some families may now be eligible for Free School Meals, but are unsure if they are entitled or how to apply.

If you would like to check whether you are now entitled to Free School Meals, the preferred method of checking is by emailing checking@derbyshire.gov.uk

Families can also apply online at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/your-child-at-school/meals/school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx