What is it?
Pupil Premium is an amount given by the government to schools to support children who have, or have had in the last 6 years, free school meals.
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 peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
The Government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the Pupil Premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the new Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, in particular those who attract the Pupil Premium
- the new reports for parents that schools now have to publish online and are available here.
Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every pupil who receives free school meals. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
- Pupil Premium Strategy 2016-17
- Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017-18
- Review of Strategy 2017-18
- Pupil Premium Plan 2018-19
- Pupil Premium Strategy Statement Review 2018-19
- Pupil Premium Plan 2019-20
- Pupil Premium Review 2019-20
- Outline Pupil Premium Strategy For 2020-23
- Pupil premium strategy statement overview 2020-23
- Pupil Premium Plan 20-23 Year 1 Outcomes
- Pupil Premium Strategy Year 2 Of 3 Plan 2021-22
- Pupil Premium Statement Updated March 22