Pupil Premium


Pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England.

It’s 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.

The barriers and challenges disadvantaged pupils face at St Matthews are complex and varied - there is no single difficulty faced by all. However, attendance is one of the barriers. Children need to be in school and ready to learn for any other approaches to work.

The grant’s value has increased year-on-year. It started at £625 per pupil per annum and is now (2018 -19) worth £1320 per pupil per year. St Matthew’s received £115,780 for 2018-19 financial year.

The funding is to be spent at the discretion of the school for the benefit of disadvantaged pupils.


Additional funding for your child

Schools and settings can claim an additional £300 per year to spend on enriching your 3 or 4 year old child's education.

If your 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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