Funding for Financial Year 2021 to 2022

In the 2021 to 2022 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each pupil registered as eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years:

  • £1345 for pupils in reception to year 6
  • £955 for pupils in year 7 to year 11

Schools will receive £2,345 for any pupil who meets the following criteria:

  • Identified in the October 2020 school census or the alternative provision census as having left local authority care as a result of adoption, a special guardianship order and a child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order).
  • Who has been in local authority care for 1 day or more
  • Recorded as both eligible for FSM in the last 6 years and as being looked after (or as having left local authority care)

The funding for pupils who are looked after by a local authority, and attract the £2,345 rate, is managed by the virtual school head of the local authority that looks after the pupil.  Here are the pupil premium allocations for the 2021 to 2022 financial year. These were based on data from the October 2020 school census.  Allocations for the 2022 to 2023 financial year, based on the October 2021 census, will be confirmed at the end of June 2022.

Who is eligible for Pupil Premium?

  • Children in the Armed Forces Personnel
  • Looked After Children
  • Children adopted from care or who have left care
  • Been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years

Children may be eligible for free school meals and are eligible for Pupil Premium if their parents receive any of the following:

  • 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 – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get

Free School Meals

It is extremely important that all parents/carers of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) do register (even if you then choose to not take the meals) as this grant enables us to provide extra resources for children. If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals, we would urge you to complete an application form via Kent County Council.


Please click on the relevant documents below to view pupil premium information: