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Pupil premium is funding to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, no matter how academically able they are, in schools in England. Evidence shows that disadvantaged children generally face additional challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as other pupils.
|Amount of funding for each primary aged pupil per year
|Funding paid to
|Pupils who are eligible for free school meals, or have been eligible in the past 6 years
|Pupils who have been adopted from care or have left care
|Children who are looked after by the local authority
Service pupil premium is additional funding for schools, but it is not based on disadvantage. It has been combined into pupil premium payments to make it easier for schools to manage their spending.
Schools get £335 per eligible pupil in the financial year 2023 -2024 for every pupil with a parent who:
- is serving in HM Forces or
- has retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence
This funding is to help with pastoral support.
Use of pupil premium
Where the funding is paid directly to schools, school leaders are best placed to assess their pupils’ needs and use the funding to improve attainment, drawing on evidence of effective practice. It is up to school leaders to decide how to spend the pupil premium.
Evidence suggests that pupil premium spending is most effective when schools use a tiered approach, targeting spending across 3 areas:
- High-quality teaching, such as staff professional development.
- Targeted academic support, such as tutoring.
- Wider strategies to address non-academic barriers to success in schools, such as attendance, behaviour and social and emotional support.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) recommend that schools particularly focus their pupil premium on supporting high-quality teaching.
Schools must show how they’re using their pupil premium funding: