Pupil premium

The Pupil Premium grant is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM), children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children from Services families.

This also includes any pupils who were eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as the Ever 6 FSM measure).

Schools are free to spend their Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we will be held to account for how we have used the additional funding to narrow the gap for targeted pupils. We are required to publish online about how we have used the funding. This is to ensure that parents and other stakeholders are made fully aware of the impact of this additional resourcing on learning and achievement outcomes within our school.

The allocation and monitoring of the Pupil Premium grant at The Federation of St Joseph’s Junior, Infant and Nursery schools have been reviewed and refreshed with a pupil specific focus for the academic year 2020 – 2021 and going forward. Funding will be used to support the pupils entitled to the premium and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.

If you feel that you might be entitled to FSM and do not currently claim please speak to the school office or Mrs Gallagher. All enquiries are dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

It is vital that you still make the application even if your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 and receive Universal Free School Meals.


Free School Meals - Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for free school meals have been changed.

What are the new eligibility criteria?

Children are entitled to receive free school meals if they or their parents or guardians receive any of the benefits below:

  • Universal Credit, provided they have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HMRC
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

I don’t currently claim free school meals – what does this mean for me?
If you think you might be eligible for free school meals, speak to the school office. With the information provided, the school will be able to check if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and, if you are on Universal Credit, that your earnings do not exceed the threshold. If you claim Universal Credit, your earnings will be assessed from up to three of your last Universal Credit assessment periods. If you are eligible, the school will be notified. Your child will receive free school meals and the school will receive extra funding.

I am currently claiming free school meals – what does this mean for me?
Most people won’t be affected by the new criteria. If you’re currently claiming free school meals, but don’t meet the new criteria, your child will continue to receive free school meals until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period. This will apply even if your earnings rise above the new threshold or if you stop being entitled to Universal Credit.

The rollout period is currently scheduled to end in March 2023.

Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, your child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.

Where can I get more information?

If you need any further information, please speak to a member of school staff or the local authority. You can also visit the following free school meal websites:

LGFL’s Free School Meal Eligibility Checker (lgfl.org.uk) 

Checking your eligibility online

LGFL provide a free online checker, to see if your child is eligible for Free School Meals

Click here to check your eligibility

Any child eligible for Free School Meals before 1 April 2018 will be protected until 31 March 2023.

The data from the DWP does not reflect the fact that a child is protected, so the eligibility checker will return a ‘Not Eligible’ result for these children.

This is determined by the date the child was in receipt of the Free School Meal.

Parents may be asked to provide proof of their benefit start date by their child’s school.

It is down to you to prove your eligibility to the school.