The government provides schools with additional pupil premium funding to support children from low income families who are or have been eligible for free school meals, children who have been in care continuously for more than 6 months and children with parents in the armed forces (or who have served in the armed forces in the past).
Everyone should make an application for Free School meals as if it is successful the school gets additional funding called Pupil Premium. This still has to be applied for even if your child has a free meal in Key Stage 1. You get an instant answer and you can apply here (link)
The funding is intended to help tackle underachievement for these pupils. At Whitefield approximately 56% of our pupils are in receipt of pupil premium funding.
We use this funding to:
Ensure that the educational needs of all pupils are met through high quality teaching
Ensure that appropriate additional provision is made for pupils who belong to vulnerable groups.
Important: Even if your child gets a free meal in the Infants you should still apply as we do not get the pupil premium funding without the application.
How to apply even if your child is in Key Stage 1 and gets a free meal automatically
You can do this online here (link) If you need any assistance please ask at the school office. The Council’s website has more information.
If you live in Liverpool and receive any of the following benefits you can claim free school meals for your school-aged child.
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income related Employment Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit – as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do notget Working Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit.
Schools decide how Pupil Premium is spent and are held accountable for how they have used additional funding to support pupils from low income families. Please see the links below for information regarding how the pupil premium was spent in the last financial year and the plans for future spending.