Free School Meals (FSM)
Free school meals are available to children of all ages. To qualify for this, you need to make an application showing that you meet one or more of the following requirements:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (without Working Tax Credit)
Working Tax Credit Run On
A parent who is a serving member of the armed forces.
Whether a child is in primary or secondary school, if they meet the requirements they will receive the following:
A daily free school meal
Additional Pupil Premium funding
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
Until September 2014, the only children eligible to receive a free school meal were those who fell into the FSM category above.
Now the government has introduced Universal Infant Free School Meals, which entitles every child in Key Stage 1 (Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2) to receive a free lunch. This benefit is not means tested.
It does not bring with it an entitlement to Pupil Premium funding.
Should my child be classed as FSM or UIFSM?!
If you think you fit into any of the categories for FSM it is very important that you fill in an application form and return it either to the school office or directly to the address shown on the form. It can also be completed and emailed.
Visit the school office and collect a paper copy of the application form.
If you have any questions please talk to the school office - we will be happy to help
What is Pupil Premium funding?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England, designed to:
raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils;
close the gap between them and their peers.
It is available to a range of pupils:
those eligible for FSM
those who are no longer eligible for FSM, but who have been eligible in the last 6 years
those who are adopted
those with a special guardianship order
those with a child arrangements order
those with a residence order
Financial year 2015 to 2016
In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
£1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
£935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local authority-care because of 1 of the following:
a special guardianship order
a child arrangements order
a residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.
Children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more also attract £1,900 of pupil premium funding. Funding for these pupils doesn’t go to their school; it goes to the virtual school head (VSH) in the local authority that looks after the child. VSHs are responsible for managing pupil premium funding for looked-after children.
Planned spending and actions for 2016/2017 academic year
Total Pupil Premium income for 2016/17
Spending the Pupil Premium Grant: what are our objectives?
To narrow the gap between pupil groups.
To ensure that all pupils in receipt of pupil premium make two whole levels of progress between KS1 and KS2.
To continue and improve the delivery of high quality effective interventions.
To enable effective feedback through increased access to conferencing for specific pupils, requiring teacher supply cover.
To enrich the curriculum and provide experiences to enhance progress in academic, social and emotional development
High quality interventions
£36,000 is being spent on Teaching Assistants working closely with children in:
This is targeted towards narrowing the gap for all pupils in receipt of pupil premium.
Supporting activities which enhance the curriculum
£2000 is being spent on helping low income families to pay for clubs, trips,
swimming lessons and residential trips.
Pupil Conferencing & Booster teaching
£3,000 is being spent on Teachers and Y6 pupils discussing needs on an individual basis.
Children are being stretched and challenged through focused some group teaching.
Speech Link & Language Link online assessment tool
£800 is being budgeted for Enabling us to assess and measure progress in improving speech & language learning.
Providing a Sound Field System for the Year 3 and 4 classrooms
£2,000 is being budgeted for Supporting audio-processing and attentive listening. Children have intermittent hearing loss and glue ear at that age and this give the maximum opportunities for hearing.
Supporting Additional phonics intervention
£2,008 is being budgeted for:
YF Forest School
£3,700 is being budgeted for:
£2000 is being budgeted for Supporting the Extended school opportunities for children
Providing wrap around care for those children to ensure they have support for completing home learning.
£23,000 is being budgeted for supporting the Emotional well-being of children. Programmes are being co-ordinated by Parent Support Worker and Senco
We have provided support for individual pupils and groups of pupils and their families. These have included Solihull Parenting programme, Family enrichment, Solution based mentoring, Early Help, Family Group conferencing, Enrichment in the Wider community, community lunches and supporting Transition.
£6,444 (x5 afternoons) is being budgeted for supporting the Delivery of Speech and Language programmes
We have provided support for those children who require individual Speech and Language programmes across Foundation and KS1. Programmes are developed by the school Speech and Language Therapist.
£10,758 is being budgeted allowing the Senco additional time to complete assessments for vulnerable children and Families.
This will include Applications for additional funding (including Element 3), leading Team around the child meetings, the completing of DAF forms and leading Annual Reviews.
£7,428 is being budgeted for enhancing Early Years Provision in the Foundation Unit
We directed resources to support children on entry to school to ensure that they have the best start to learning journey.