The pupil premium is additional school funding for disadvantaged children. It is paid directly to your child's school to improve the quality of their education.
Your child's school may be entitled to pupil premium funding if you receive one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Child Tax Credit Only (with income up to £16,190) with no element of Working Tax Credit
- National Asylum Seekers Support
- Guarantee Element of the State Pension Credit
- Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
- Universal Credit (income dependant)
How does my school get the pupil premium for my child?
Infant years: reception, year 1 and year 2
All children at this age are eligible for free school meals so you will need to apply separately for the pupil premium for your child's school.
Please be aware that a child must reside with the applicant to receive the pupil premium.
Use the online form below to apply.
Apply for the pupil premium
Year 3 and above
If your child is in year 3 and above, and you want to check eligibility for pupil premium, please use the free school meals form to apply for pupil premium entitlement.
The school the child is attending will automatically get a pupil premium amount if the child is eligible for
free school meals.
Apply for free school meals (year 3 and above)
Other pupil premium support
The pupil premium plus (PP+) for children in care is additional funding for schools to support and help raise their educational attainment and progress.
The funding is provided by the Department for Education and given to schools and education providers by the Virtual School. All children in care to Northamptonshire County Council enrolled at a school from reception to year 11 are eligible to receive the pupil premium plus.
This is additional funding available for children of armed services personnel. Every service child is entitled to service child pupil premium while their parent is serving, and up to six years after the parent has left the armed forces (as long as it was claimed for 6 months prior to discharge).
How to claim the for service child pupil premium
Schools must register your child as a service child within the yearly census (January deadline). Once they are registered the school can then claim the funding directly.
The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding available for investment in improving outcomes for 3 and 4 year old children. It is used to improve the facilities, equipment and learning experiences to benefit the growth and development of your child.