What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. Pupil Premium was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) and those children are in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds. For example, national figures show that 11 year olds who are eligible for Free School Meals are around twice as likely not to achieve Level 4 in maths and English as other 11 year olds.
Where does the money come from?
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children on-roll who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, a smaller amount is allocated according to the number of children of service families and there is an allocation for each child who has been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months.
The current Pupil Premium funding is £1,320 per child and £300 per Service child. The Government decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium in 2012-13 would be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents have serving in the different Forces at any point in the last 4 years.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. As of September 2012, this information must be published on the school website.