Free school meals / pupil premium funding

Schools get extra funding called the pupil premium for every child registered as eligible for a free school meal if their parents receive benefits.

If your child goes to a Brent primary or secondary school and you get benefits, it is very important that you fill in an application form for a free school meal.

In 2018/19 Brent primary schools will receive £1,320 for every child they have registered as eligible for a free school meal and secondary schools will receive £935 per pupil.

Your child's school uses this extra money to fund things like additional tuition, learning support assistants, art therapy, booster classes, educational trips and after school clubs.

If you think you meet the criteria it is very important that you apply to us because schools continues to benefit from this funding for six years once children are registered.

Even if you do not want your child to receive a free meal, we would urge all parents who think they might be eligible to fill in an application form so that your child's school and your child can benefit from this extra funding.

If your child is starting in Reception it is very important that you fill in an application form because we will not have any of your details registered. If your child is starting secondary school (Year 7) we will also need you to fill in a new application form, even if your child received free school meals in primary school.

Children in all other year groups who are currently receiving free school meals do not need to re-apply as you will already be registered with us.

If you have previously not been eligible for free school meals but think that you now might be, you also need to fill in an application form.

Examples of how Brent primary schools use pupil premium funding include

  • Running booster classes in literacy and maths
  • Providing additional teaching support
  • Subsidising extra-curricular activities
  • Increasing provision for those pupils who are gifted and talented
  • Providing art therapy.

Examples of how Brent secondary schools use pupil premium funding include:

  • 1-to-1 and small group teaching
  • Subsidising music lessons and extra curricular activities
  • Access to counselling services
  • Additional pastoral care to support attendance and punctuality
  • More careers guidance provision.