What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium funding is allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment and progress of pupils from low-income families. Funding is based on the number of pupils who are registered, or have been registered, for free school meals at specific points in the year and is not allocated for a specific individual child. It is also available for pupils that have been ‘looked after’ for more than six months.
Why was it introduced?
- 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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
- In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium allocated to schools is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for pupils.
- Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and to publish online information about how they have used the Premium.