What is Pupil Premium?

 

The Pupil Premium provides additional funding to publicly funded schools in England. It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as students from less deprived families. The main aim is to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

The level of funding and categories have changed since the Pupil Premium was introduced but for the academic year 2017-18, the January 2017 census is used to identify pupils eligible for the premium and there are four main categories and the level of funding for primary age children in each of the categories is as follows:

  • Ever 6 Free School Meals
    • The premium is worth £1,320
    • For pupils who at any point in the past 6 years have been in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM);
  • Looked After Children
    • The premium is worth £1,900
    • For any pupil who has been continuously looked after for the past six months
  • Adopted from care
    • The premium is worth £1,900
    • For pupils who have been adopted from care under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or who have left care under a Special Guardianship or Residence Order
  • Ever 6 Service children
    • The premium is worth £300
    • For any pupil whose parent/parents are currently serving in the armed forces or are in receipt of a pension from the MoD
    • Any pupil recorded in the January 2017 school census who was eligible for the service child premium since the January 2012 census as well as those recorded as a service child for the first time on the January 2016 school census.

How the Pupil Premium is spent is monitored closely with all schools accountable for the impact of the money spent.