West Berkshire Council

About Pupil Premium

Additional money for schools

The Pupil Premium is the government's name for a sum of extra money that's paid to schools to help with costs. It can help to pay for important things, like school trips, uniforms and PE kit, music lessons, and additional help with subjects like English and Maths.
It's there to help support children from lower income families, so the government uses information about children that are entitled to free school meals to work out where, and how much, to pay.

Free school meals and Pupil Premium

Getting the right information to make sure that Pupil Premium money can be claimed for your child is sometimes complicated for schools. 

When a child applies successfully for a free school meal, their application includes allocation of Pupil Premium money for the school.


  • some children don't claim for the meal - for instance because they bring a packed lunch
  • and all children under the age of 7 are given a free school meal automatically - they don't need to apply

Both of these situations mean that Schools miss out on funding because they don't have the right information from parents that would enable them to apply for the Pupil Premium.


Who To Contact

For queries about Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

01635 503622