Pupil Premium

What is Pupil Premium?

The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.

In this section we explain the different types of Pupil Premium and how you apply for it. You can also find more information on the government website.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds.


Three- and four-year-olds in state-funded early education will attract EYPP funding. More information about the EYPP criteria requirements is available on the gov.uk website.

Children must receive free early education in order to attract EYPP funding. They do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to get EYPP.

Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when their 3rd birthday is. Details of the dates when children become eligible for free early education are available on the gov.uk website.

Please note that four-year-olds in primary school reception classes who already receive the school-age pupil premium are not eligible for EYPP funding.

Information on free under-5s childcare is on this website, in the Under 5s section and also on our Family Information Service website.

Pupil premium for school age children

Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:

  • registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years
  • looked after by the local authority (in care) for one day or more
  • those who have left local authority care through adoption, or via special guardianship, residence or child arrangements order

Applying for a school for a child who is in receipt of Pupil Premium or Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP)

Primary Community schools in Reading give some priority for admission for students who attract EYPP. It will be used to decide between students before the use of distance.

To be considered for this you need to complete a Supplementary Information Form which must be signed by your child’s current school or nursery.

Return the form to the admissions team as soon as possible for in-year admissions.

The school admissions team cannot give any priority without the supplementary form.

Kendrick School and Reading School give priority for those in the catchment area who are eligible for Pupil Premium, providing they meet the qualifying score. Please contact the schools for more information.

Maiden Erlegh in Reading gives some level of priority for children eligible for Pupil Premium. Please complete the Maiden Erlegh School in Reading Supplementary Information Form and submit it to the school.

Transitional protection for free school meals

From the Department for Education

We will protect all pupils that would have lost their entitlement to free school meals as a result of the change in the qualifying period.

This will operate as follows:

  • Any pupil eligible for free school meals before 1 April 2018 will keep their free school meal eligibility until the revised end date of 31 March 2025.
  • Any pupil who becomes eligible during the roll-out of the Universal Credit (from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2025) will keep their eligibility until 31 March 2025.
  • Once the revised roll-out of Universal Credit has completed (31 March 2025), any losing pupil will continue to be transitionally protected until the end of their current phase of education eg primary in year 6 or secondary in year 11.
  • This applies whether parents receive Universal Credit or legacy benefits.
  • Pupils will keep their eligibility even if their circumstances change between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2025.

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