Pupil Premium Q & A

Q. What will the level of the Premium per pupil be for next year? 

It will increase to £1320 per pupil in 2016-17 for pupils eligible for FSM in the previous six years and £1900 for pupils in care. 

Q. Are adopted children included in Looked After Children? 
Yes, but parents will need to notify the school if their child was adopted as we do not have this information.

Q. What is the role of the Virtual School Head in allocating the Pupil Premium received for Looked After Children? 

 As stated in the conditions of grant document, for allocations made to mainstream 
schools, the local authority should ensure that they discuss, via their Virtual School 
Head working in partnership with designated teachers, how the amount for looked 
after children is to be used by the school in accordance to the looked after child’s 
Personal Education Plan (PEP). 
For children in non-mainstream settings, the authority must consult the setting about 
how the amount held by the authority should be used. The authority’s Virtual School 
Head or Looked After Children Education Service must also be involved in decisions 
about how the amount for looked after children is to be spent to support these pupils 
in accordance with a child’s PEP.

Q. Where can I find out if I am eligible for Free School Meals/ Pupil Premium

Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

From November 3rd a new ‘Free School Meals / Pupil Premium Service’ www.fsm.lgfl.net will be a web site where parents can quickly and easily check eligibility for free school meals and, if eligible, also gain welcome additional funding for their child’s school, known as ‘Pupil Premium’. If eligible, you are not obliged to accept the free school meals for your child if you wish to make other arrangements, but we do want to encourage applications as the additional funding gained would still benefit education provision at the school.
What the service does for parents:
After entering essential details into the web site, the online application process links to the Department for Education system for checking eligibility and gives an immediate ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response, and will notify the school.
This system is being provided to encourage parents to apply and take advantage of free school meals while at the same time increasing the benefit to schools from Pupil Premium funding, a substantial amount of which does not reach schools because not all parents who are eligible apply for free meals for their child.
By way of a ‘thank you’ to parents for taking part, and regardless of individual outcomes, The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) would like to provide parents of children attending LGfL-connected schools with Sophos Anti-Virus software, free of charge, to protect the computers used by pupils at home.
To gain access to this software there is a short registration process which will also give you access, if required, to other LGfL services and benefits that are available to your child’s school. Please be assured there is no catch, no cost and no advertising. LGfL (a UK education charity set up in 2001 and owned by London’s 33 local authorities) exists to support education and is leading this initiative to make it easier for parents to apply for free school meals and to encourage the drawdown of unclaimed Pupil Premium.
What the service does for schools:
As the government has now introduced free school meals for all children in Key Stage 1, it is more important than ever for schools to know the number of pupils for whom they can claim Pupil Premium funding. These funds enable schools to take on additional staff and invest in additional equipment, resources and activities to the benefit all children.
Please visit www.fsm.lgfl.net enter the necessary details and support this worthwhile initiative.
This service is provided by the London Grid for Learning and is available to parents of children attending schools which are part of the LGfL schools community.