Pupil Premium & Free School Meals

In Sept 2011, the Government introduced the Pupil Premium – a funding allocation for students receiving or have received in the past 6 years, free school meals with the intention to close the gap and promote inclusion between this group of students and others within the school.

The following table shows the numbers of students of our cohort who are eligible for receiving pupil premium funding:

Year 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Total £24,310 £25,245 £22440
Rate £935 £935 £935
Number of pupil premium students and % 26   (72%)  27  (75%)

 24 (65%)


Historical Data

Our data shows that there is no significant gap between PP and non PP students.  In some subjects, PP student do better than non PP students.  The gap is marginal either way.  We feel we are closing the gap.

The funding is allocated to support PP and other vulnerable students in four key areas:

  • To achieve beyond expectations / make better than expected progress
  • To support students’ health and well-being
  • To ensure they have a rich range of learning experiences and have access  to enrichment activities
  • To support parents/carers

We use Pupil Premium funding as follows:

  • Pupil premium students prioritised for  mentoring sessions
  • Personalised curriculum
  • Small group learning
  • Expanding subject range
  • Ensuring all subjects have a TA in class (who is often a subject specialist) to support learning
  • Enhanced pastoral support through key working and mentoring
  • Revision books provided free of charge
  • Trips available free or at a very subsidised rate
  • Ensure students have access to necessary resources at home, such as tablets/laptops and WIFI

We regularly track and analyse the impact these initiatives have to ensure the pupil premium funding is being used most effectively

The Connected Hub strongly supports the Pupil Premium policy as a closely-targeted and necessary development in the current economic environment, and will continue to invest the premium with students’ best interests in mind.

A more detailed analysis is available on request.

Free School Meals

From 6 April 2010, children whose parents receive ONE or more of the following benefits will be entitled to receive free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (this benefit was introduced 27 October 2008)
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs)  Note: From 1 May 2009 where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week, their children are entitled to free school lunches.
  • the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

If you are in receipt of any of the above benefits, please complete the online application form   www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/onlinefreeschoolmeals or download the paper copy from the resources tab above or contact the Free School Meals section of Brighton & Hove Council on 01273 293497.