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The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is allocated by the government to help schools support children from low income families and children in care. The amount of additional funding schools receive is based on the number of children who are entitled to receive free school meals* or are looked-after children.

* This includes children who are eligible for free school meals, or have been recorded as eligible at any point in the last six years.


Nationally, students who have free school meals (FSM Ever 6)) and children who are looked-after or have previously been looked-after (LAC/PLAC), achieve less compared to other students. PPG has been given to schools to help support those children and ensure they are achieving in line with all children. 

  • 2023 -24: £1,035 per student and £2530 per LAC/PLAC 
  • 2022 -23: £985 per student and £2410 per LAC/PLAC 
  • 2021 -22: £955 per student and £2345 per LAC/PLAC


Do You Qualify?

Your child may be able to get FSM if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16 190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on-paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - Your household income must be less than £7 400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) 

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get FSM.


    Registering is quick & easy – phone Herts ‘How Can We Help Team on 0300 123 4048'


Barriers to Learning:

Students in receipt of Pupil Premium money at Chessbrook face many barriers to their learning. Some of the key factors affecting our students are; mobility (multiple schools), gaps in their education, low self-esteem, behaviour issues, mental health issues, motivation for learning and poor attendance. The Pupil Premium reports highlight the strategies used to overcome these barriers and show the impact of these measures.

Strategy and Impact Report:


Pupil Premium Funding Received:

Year Total funding received
2023-24 £1,035
2022-23 £1,970
2021-22 £5,730


Eligibility for Pupil Premium Grant:

Children who are a LAC/PLAC and/or in receipt of FSM at any time during the previous 6 years.

 If you would like to learn more about the Pupil Premium you can access information on the Department for Education website here