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Pupil Premium


Our statement

William Lilley Infant and Nursery School is committed to equality of opportunity for all pupils, regardless of socio-economic background. We strive to help all pupils reach their full potential and the pupil premium grant helps us to do this by awarding the school additional funding which can be used in a variety of ways, as decided upon by the school leadership.


Purpose of Pupil Premium

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel. The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.



The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:

  • the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
  • the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
  • the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online.



In most cases the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need. For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings the local authority decides how to allocate the Pupil Premium. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the Premium for these pupils should be used. Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll. Children with Pupil Premium funding at William Lilley School will receive interventions for learning when required, free cool milk, access to our Wrap Around Club and Sports After-School Offer and a booklet worth over £100 including vouchers for school uniform, reduced price school trips and much, much more!


In addition to in-school support, Nottinghamshire County Council are running Holiday Activities and Food Programmes which children in receipt of Pupil Premium can access. For more information, please visit the below website.


Nottinghamshire Holiday Activities and Food Programme




Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get 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)


Registering for pupil premium

The Department for Education has a free school meals eligibility system to determine eligibility and applications are made through Nottinghamshire County Council. To check if you are eligible, you will need your National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service Reference Number, surname and date of birth, along with your child's name and date of birth. To apply you can click on the link below,

call 0300 500 80 80 or you can complete an application form.  Alternatively, speak to our School Office who will be able to make the application on your behalf.

For more information how the pupil premium is spent in our school and the impact that it has, please view the report below.