Pupil Premium Funding
Universal Free School Meals
UFSM is an ongoing government initiative which provides a free school lunch for all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. This is not the same as Free School Meals (FSM), which are provided for children whose parents are in receipt of certain benefits, as UFSM do not carry Pupil Premium funding.
Parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are in receipt of certain benefits need to apply separately to the Northamptonshire Authority to ensure that the Pupil Premium funding is made available to support their child.
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 dependent)
How does my school get the pupil premium for my child?
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 via the link below to apply.
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.
To apply, follow the link to Northamptonshire.gov.uk