What is the Pupil Premium?

The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of children who receive free school meals, children whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and those children in local authority care. These groups of children have been identified nationally as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds.

Where does the money come from?

Pupil Premium is allocated to schools based on the number of children who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, whose parents serve in the Armed Forces and children who have been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months. 

The purpose of the Pupil Premium is to help schools to provide targeted support for vulnerable children- not necessarily just children who qualify for FSM.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools…. is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.” (Source – DfE website)

For example time and training on providing effective feedback on their performance can be very effective , employing staff/ support staff  on specific interventions for children or building on parental engagement to support children's learning.

The funding is therefore given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent.

Pupils from Wales do not receive Pupil Premium funding

For more details on the Pupil Premium please visit:
http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/premium

As a non-maintained  school, from 2011-2013, it was left to the discretion of each funding local authority as to whether they forward to the school any Pupil Premium they received from the Department of Education