Important: Transitional arrangements for Free School Meals during Universal Credit roll out
Due to the Universal Credit roll out, all children currently listed as eligible for free school meals will be protected until 31st March 2022 regardless of benefit changes, income changes, or working status.
Eligible students will remain entitled to free school meals until the end their current phase of education. You do not need to reapply for free school meals during this time. Free school meal eligibility is protected even if children move to a different local authority.
Reminder from North Somerset 6/12/18:
A reminder that parents do not need to reapply for free school meals in the school holidays.
If they do reapply, it is possible that they may find their new application is unsuccessful. There is a notice on the free school meals checker to let people know not to reapply if their child is already entitled.
If any child leaves or changes schools, North Somerset can change their entitlement over. If parents have queries such as changing schools or addresses, please contact Vicki Bush at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contracts Officer, Education Funding
North Somerset Council
Natalie Jones is Churchill Academy's Inclusion Coordinator (currently on maternity leave). Please contact Leasa Knapp, Pupil Premium Administration Support, with any queries regarding Pupil Premium.
Pupil Premium – what is it?
Pupil Premium (PP) funding is funding provided to schools and academies by the government for the purpose of supporting those students who meet the PP eligibility criteria.
National statistics show that students who are eligible for PP funding do less well than their peers in external exams. The aim of PP funding is to enable schools and academies to help close that attainment gap by bridging the inequality of opportunity that exists between PP students and their peers.
For further information please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/pupil-premium-information-for-schools-and-alternative-provision-settings
The eligibility criteria for Pupil Premium
For further information please see the Eligibility Criteria.
How to apply?
Changes to Free School Meals System
If you would like to apply for Free School Meals you can use this quick online application www.n-somerset.gov.uk/fsm.
Why Apply for Free School Meals?
By registering your children the school receives additional funding that will be used to help your child.
The use of Pupil Premium funds
The funding we receive for PP is ring-fenced from the main school budget. Our Inclusion Coordinator supports the process to access funding to ensure interventions are targeted, planned and evaluated. Our Governing Body is also responsible for accounting for the impact of Pupil Premium.
At Churchill Academy we are determined to make sure that PP funding is spent on PP eligible children in the manner which best supports them. The Academy ensures that the funding used to promote high expectations and achievement for the PP students, to allow access to educational opportunities that might otherwise be unavailable to them and to monitor their progress to ensure any further areas of support are identified and funded.
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