What is it?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. Schools receive £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6 and the funding is allocated for 6 years, even if a child’s circumstances change.
Why has it been 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 more affluent peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Other groups that may also be able to access Pupil Premium are children who have been ‘looked after’ (LAC) and children of Service Personnel. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.