For each child who is entitled to Pupil Premium funding, the government gives the school an extra £1300 per annum. So even if you don't wish to take advantage of Free School Meals, then we would encourage you to apply so that you will benefit from Pupil Premium and the school will benefit from the additional funding.
We would like to encourage as many parents as possible to apply by completing the registration form on this link: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-&-learning/help-with-school-&-learning-costs/free-school-meals/
The process is very quick and simple; you only need to complete this form once and it will last for the duration of your child’s time at Fulbourn Primary School. The Education Welfare Benefits Office will inform parents if the child becomes ineligible for Free School Meals (even if the child is still eligible for Pupil Premium).
What is Pupil Premium funding?
In 2011-12 the Government launched its pupil premium funding. This money is sent to schools by Central Government based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). From 2012-13, it was expanded to include all children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years. In addition, children whose parents work in the Forces or children who are ‘Looked After Children’ receive a grant. Currently the pupil premium is worth £1300 per pupil to the school.
How is Pupil Premium spending monitored?
This money is allocated by the school to initiatives specifically designed to ensure eligible children reach their full potential, both academically and socially. Each school may decide how best to use the funding and they are held accountable for how it has been used to support pupils from low income families. We believe the provision for students in receipt of Pupil Premium needs to be strategically led and carefully managed at an operational level. This provision is currently led by our Pupil Premium Coordinator – Emily Bartram. Provision for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium will be offered based on identified group and individual needs, with pupils accessing as many of the provisions and interventions as they individually require.
Will my child be identifiable as a ‘Pupil Premium’ child?
Often parents are concerned that there is a stigma attached to being seen as a ‘low income’ family. At Fulbourn Primary School, all matters regarding free school meals and pupil premium are treated confidentially. The key purpose of our Pupil Premium funding is to enable all the pupils to reach their full potential. We work with our families and colleagues to make sure everyone involved with the child has high aspirations. We recognise that barriers to achievement take a variety of forms and will do whatever it takes to support a child, both in and out of the classroom. In order to achieve this we offer our children a wide range of opportunities, we always make sure these are accessible for everyone.
The Cambridgeshire County Council has redesigned their online form for families wishing to check their free school meal (FSM) and Pupil Premium eligibility. Significant improvements made to the online application process enable parents/carers (in most cases) to get an instant result of the outcome of their application.
It is not necessary for parents of children who currently receive FSM to reapply; this entitlement is protected until the end of March 2022. However, applications do need to be made for younger siblings who are starting school.
The form is quick and simple to complete. Once an application has been submitted for a child, if the family do not qualify at that point, we will continue to check for future entitlement throughout that child’s school life, informing parents if they become eligible. It is vital, therefore, that schools/families inform us of any changes to their name or address.
Families can access the online application at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals. The Education Welfare Benefits Team are happy to answer any queries and can be contacted on 01223 703200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.