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Free School Meals and Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium Grant – Free School Meals/Ever 6/Pupil Premium Plus (was LAC/AFC) Service Child/Catch-Up Funding

Pupil Premium Grant is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to diminish the difference between them and their peers.

Students receive Pupil Premium if they are in receipt of Free School Meals or have qualified for free school meals at any point in the past six years, classed as Ever 6.  The College also receive an enhanced premium for Children Looked After (those who have been in care or adopted) this is now known as Pupil Premium Plus.  The Service Premium is a smaller fund available to assist the school to provide pastoral care to the children of armed forces personnel. 

The College receive Catch up Premium to support Year 7 pupils whose performance at Key Stage 2 in either Reading or Mathematics suggests that they may struggle to access the Key Stage 3 curriculum in full.  Schools can choose how to spend their pupil premium money, in the best way to benefit their students.

At Melbourn Village College we are committed to treating each student as an individual ensuring all students are able to succeed and thrive and reach their full potential.  We have a Pupil Premium Champion who oversees the spending of this fund and coordinates the spending within the various department in the school.  The funding is spent in many ways such as; English, Math’s & Science interventions, regular mentoring, support for educational and enhancement trips, school uniform, counselling, transport where needed, resources to support their education and music lessons & our new enrichment programme.  Pupil Premium strategy, impact & expenditure will be reviewed at the beginning of each academic year by looking at results, student progression, interventions and spending allocations.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Daly – Pupil Premium Champion  if you require more information.  All inquiries are treated in the strictest confidence

ELIGIBILITY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS - A new income threshold was set from 1 April 2018 for families in receipt of Universal Credit.  The threshold is now £7,400 net (take tome) and this change means more low income working families will be entitled to Free School Meals.  All children that become entitled under the new criteria from the 1 April 2018 up to the completion of the roll out of UC (March 2022), will also continue to receive Free School Meals until the end of current school phase. ie If a child in March 2022 is in Year 9 they will receive FSM until end of  Year 11, (end of Secondary Phase).

All children receiving Free School Meals under the old criteria will continue to receive Free School Meals until the end of the UC roll out in March 2022, and until the end of their current school phase.  i.e. If a child in March 2022 is in Year 9 they will receive FSM until end of Year 11, (end of Secondary Phase)

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