The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers. Click on the links below to find out further information.
Pupil Premium - Free school meals eligibility
Did you know you can claim free school meals for a child who lives with you and who you are responsible for.
Your claim will be automatically processed if you receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support and get any of the qualifying benefits.
Your child is eligible for Free School Meals if you get one or more of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- Income Support
- Income based Jobseekers 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 not get Working Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit run- on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- From 1 April 2018, all existing free school meals claimants will continue to receive free school meals whilst Universal Credit is rolled out. This will apply even if their earnings rise above the new threshold during that time
- In addition, any child gaining eligibility for free school meals after 1 April 2018 will be protected against losing free school meals during the Universal Credit rollout period
- Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, any existing claimants that no longer meet the eligibility criteria at that point (because they are earning above the threshold or are no longer in receipt of Universal Credit) will continue to receive free school meals until the end of their current phase of education (i.e. primary or secondary)
If your claim is successful, the school will be notified that your child can have free school meals.
Change in circumstancesContact us if your circumstances change. For example, if you no longer receive benefits, move house or change school, as this may affect your right to claim.
Government funding also means that children eligible for Free School Meals can be targeted with additional teaching resources.
No other children or families are aware of Free School Meals Eligibility; it does not appear on the dinner register and is treated as confidential. There are substantial financial and educational benefits for claiming your entitlement. If you would like further information, please apply online to Rotherham Council or visit Riverside House: https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/info/200008/benefits_and_support/104/apply_for_free_school_meals