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What is Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives. It is targeted at pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families.

Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?

Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals. Your child is eligible for free school meals if you receive one 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018, your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Can I apply for pupil premium?

Pupil premium is set by the government depending on the number of disadvantaged pupils in the school that meet the criteria above and cannot be directly applied for. However, you can apply for free school meals through the local council. See information below on free school meals for the criteria and how to apply.

How many pupils at St Bede’s are eligible for Pupil Premium?

Approximately 22% of students at St Bede’s RC High School are eligible for the Pupil Premium.

How is Pupil Premium money spent at St Bede’s?

Pupil Premium Grant value for 2023–2024 is £378,219 (including recovery premium)

The grant is used to raise the attainment of disadvantaged students of all abilities and close this gap. At St Bede’s RC High School, we use a tiered approach as set out in the Education and Endowment Foundation (EEF), which targets spending across the following three areas below.

  • Teaching– Deliver training and professional development for all staff to improve the impact of teaching and learning for pupils
  • Academic support– Identify the main issues stopping pupils from succeeding at school and use the pupil premium to fund additional support.
  • Wider approaches– Funding used to support; Support attendance and behaviour; Mental health and emotional resilience; Aspirations and confidence

The school’s spending strategy and analysis of spends for pupil premium funding can be found using the below link:

Is my child eligible for free school meals?

If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, you can apply to Blackburn with Darwen local authority using the below link:

For further information Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council can be contacted on 0845 0701066, you will need your National Insurance number to hand.

Your child will get free school meals if you receive the following support payments:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related employment and support allowance
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit (PCGC) 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, as assessed by Inland Revenue that does not exceed £16,190