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Pupil premium

Pupil premium is given to education providers teaching disadvantaged children to help close the gap between them and their peers.

Early years pupil premium (EYPP)

The EYPP is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds. 


Providers of state-funded early education will be able to claim EYPP funding for each three- or four-year old who meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • their family gets one 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 State Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided they'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, which is paid for four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    • Universal Credit
  • they are currently being looked after by a local authority in England or Wales
  • they have left care in England or Wales through:
    • an adoption
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangement order

Children must receive fee 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 it.

Free under-5s childcare

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 with a pupil premium

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

To be considered for this you need to complete a word icon supplementary information form [166kb] 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 their pdf icon supplementary information form [367kb] and submit it to the school.

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