Pupil Premium is an additional amount of funding allocated to schools by the government to support the learning and progress of disadvantaged children and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM), looked after children & service children and other pupils. Three categories of pupils are eligible:
- Pupils recorded as ‘ever 6 FSM’ (pupils who are or have been eligible for FSM at any point during their 6 years of Primary school education)
- Looked after children and those children who have been adopted from care
- Children of Service personnel
In the 2021 to 2022 financial year, schools will receive the following funding:
- £1, 345 for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years in Reception to Year 6.
- £2,345 for children looked after by the local authority and children previously looked-after.
- £310 for children of service personnel.
Schools are free to decide how to spend the Pupil Premium best to suit the needs of their children and are required to publish details of the impact of this spending on pupil progress and achievement on their school website.
Pupil Premium is an additional amount of funding allocated to schools by the government to support the learning and progress of disadvantaged children.