Schools missing out on £300,000

SCHOOLS in Brighouse could be missing out on up to £300,000 of vital funding because parents are not registering for the help they are entitled to.

The Pupil Premium is a payment which the government pays directly to schools.

It is designed to help schools provide more help for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

At the moment pupil premium is £488 per pupil a year but in 2012/13 it will increase to £600.

Where schools have large numbers of pupils on free school meals the amount of funding can be considerable.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Ashley Evans, said: “Pupil Premium can be used by schools to provide additional help for pupils who need it, ensuring they get the most out of what the school has to offer.

“It’s really important that, where a pupil is eligible for free school meals, they are registered in order to help secure this valuable extra funding for those who need it.”

Schools are being given advice by the Department of Education on how best to use this funding so that pupils receive maximum benefit and many schools are sharing good ideas with each other.

To be eligible for free school meals parents need to have registered a claim on a form available from the school, from the benefits office or fill in the form which can be obtained from the council’s website online at www.calderdale.gov.uk/advice/parents/schoolmeals/