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Pupil Premium Funding

Pupil Premium Statement and Plan 2021-2022

What is Pupil Premium Funding?


The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, 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 their peers (Non Free School Meals-Non FSM) by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.


In most cases, the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per FSM pupil, is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.


Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit.  However, they will be held accountable in how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low income families.  New measures are included in the performance tables that capture the achievement of those deprived covered by the Pupil Premium.  From September 2012, the Government required schools to publish online information about how they have used the premium. This ensures that parents and all other interested parties are made fully aware of the attainment for this group of pupils.


Schools receive a payment, or Pupil Premium, for each child who is currently eligible for Free School Meals or has been eligible for Free School Meals within the last six years (FSM 6 Ever)

We are committed to improving outcomes for all pupils at Gascoigne Primary School and work tirelessly to ensure that happens.  We believe in providing an education that not only ensures that each pupil achieves their best academically but also one that prepares them for their next stage of education.  We value the development of self-respect and respect for others, enabling children to enjoy learning and developing skills for life.


Who can claim free school meals

If you are on a low income or receive Child Benefit and any of these benefits, you could claim free school meals for your child:

  • Child Tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (earnings after tax and not including any benefits you get)

You may qualify for free school meals for your child if:

  • you are an asylum seeker
  • you live outside Barking and Dagenham but meet the previous criteria and your child is attending a school in the borough
  • your only or main income is one of the benefits listed


Universal Free School Meals (Key Stage 1)

Your child will still be able to get free school meals under the current universal free school meals policy if they’re in:

  • Reception 
  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Once children move into Year 3, they will no longer be eligible and parents will need to apply for Free School Meals. This is not done automatically by the school but we can help with applications.

Pupil Premium Statement and Plan 2020-2021