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Who is eligible for the Pupil premium?

The government website (GOV.UK) explains that a child may be eligible for free school meals if his/her parents are in receipt of any 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit;
  • Universal Credit.


Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.


Your child might also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:


This does not include all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals.  This is a different scheme and parents receiving any of the above benefits must inform the school as the school may be able to receive additional funding.