Pupil Premium


Pupil premium is additional funding for publicly-funded schools in England.  It is designed to help disadvantaged pupils of all abilities perform better, and close the gap between them and their peers.

It is allocated according to the number of pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any time in the previous six years.  It is also awarded to children looked after by the local authority and to children of service families.

At St Matthew's, we use Pupil Premium funding to provide academic interventions, quality first teaching and enrichment opportunities for our most disadvantaged pupils.  The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face are complex and varied, however attendance is one of the barriers.  Please see our 'Pupil Premium Strategy Statement' for a breakdown of spending. 


Additional funding for your child

Schools and settings can claim additional funding to spend on enriching your 3 or 4 year old child's education.

If you receive one of the following benefits, school may be entitled to claim funding for your child:

  • income support;
  • income-based jobseekers' allowance;
  • income-related employment and support allowance;
  • support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
  • the guaranteed element of state pension credit;
  • Child Tax Credit (providing you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190);
  • Working Tax Credit Run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit;
  • Universal Credit.

Or if your child:

  • has been looked after by the local authority in care for at least one day;
  • has been adopted from care;
  • has left care through special guardianship;
  • is subject to a child arrangement order.

If you think you may be eligible please talk to us.

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