Each year, the Government gives schools an allocation of money to enhance the support of children from families that may have difficult financial circumstances. This includes supporting the children with Free School Meals.
At Emerson Valley in the last academic year 2022-23 we received over £145,000 in Pupil Premium Funding. This extra income is invaluable to the school and was used in many ways to help eligible children achieve their potential both academically and socially. The main ways the money was spent was:
- To support the quality of teaching for all pupils.
- To subsidise school trips
- To help run the school breakfast club every morning
From September we have used the additional funding to:
- Support children holistically using our learning mentors.
- Continue to upgrade the school library in keeping with the progress the children are making in their reading.
- Implement a new phonics programme to support all children with their phonics knowledge.
Free School Meals
In common with most schools it is likely that a number of parents whose children attend this school fail to claim Free School Meals even though they are entitled to them.
During your child’s time in Infant school during Key Stage One, your child was entitled to receive their meals for free in line with Government Policy, however when they enter Key Stage Two, meals will have to be paid for, unless you are entitled to Free School Meals, so it is vitally important that you register to see if you qualify.
Even if you qualify, but don’t wish for your child to have the Free School Meal, the School will still benefit from the additional funding granted so it is important that you let us know.
If you are in receipt of any of the Credits or Benefits listed below you may be eligible:
- 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 Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
To check your eligibility, visit https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims/ to register.
Alternatively, please contact the school office who can help with your application.