Pupil Premium

At Twyford, we believe that all children should be provided with the opportunities, support and care that enable them to achieve their fullest potential.

What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools intended to support children who are eligible for Free School Meals or who are looked after by people other than their family. The funding was introduced in April 2011 in order to help schools narrow the gap in attainment between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers.

Who is eligible to receive the Pupil Premium?

You can register your child for Free School Meals if receive any of the following benefits:

  • 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 State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax
  • Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Please come and talk to us, in strict confidence, if you are not sure if you qualify for Free School Meals.

Funding also covers children in care aged 4-15 who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months.

A service premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

How is Pupil Premium funding spent?

Schools are able to allocate funding however they choose in order that it improves the academic attainment of children eligible for the Pupil Premium. At Twyford, this funding was spent on provision and resources that enhance the learning opportunities of these children and provide them with the same opportunities as their peers.

Pupil Premium funding paid for targeted reading, writing and maths support for children in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Funding also supported children by providing learning opportunities such as instrumental music lessons and providing financial support towards extra-curricular activities and school trips.