What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is a grant schools receive to support pupils who are eligible for free school meals. The premium is provided in order to support these pupils to maximise their potential.
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. 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 per FSM pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. 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 these pupils. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. Key facts
- The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
- Eligibility for the Pupil Premium is extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years.