Pupil Premium & Inclusion at Skerton St Luke's
Introduced in 2011, the Pupil Premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers. Often, children who are entitled to Pupil Premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The Pupil Premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates and enhance their learning. Your child may not face these particular challenges, but that does not prevent you from receiving Pupil Premium if you meet the criteria. At St Luke's, the premium has helped those entitled by supplementing residential visits and music lessons for instance and of course the receipt of free school meals.
If you think your child qualifies for Pupil Premium (free school meals), it’s important that you tell us – even if they're in Reception or KS1 and receive universal school meals for infant pupils, or are in KS2 and take a packed lunch – they still may be entitled to claim Pupil Premium and will benefit.
To check entitlement parents/carers should call the Area Education Office direct on 01524 581207, who will in turn process any claim and notify the school office.
Please refer to the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement, which details how funds in school are used to enrich your child’s education.