What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil premium is a government initiative that was introduced in April 2011. It is designed to ensure that additional funding to tackle disadvantaged children reaches the pupils who need it most. Research shows that pupils from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non-deprived peers. The Pupil premium is provided to enable these pupils to be supported to reach their potential. The Government has used pupils entitled to free school meals (FSM), looked after children and service children as indicators of deprivation, and have provided a fixed amount of money for schools per pupil based on these indicators. This fixed amount of money is expected to increase every year for the course of this current Parliament.
In the 2023 to 2024 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,455 for primary-aged pupils
Schools receive £2,530 for each pupil who:
- has been looked after for 1 day or more
- has been adopted from care
- has left care under:
- a special guardianship order
- a residence order
- a child arrangement order
- £335 for services children.
Do you think your child might be eligible for Pupil Premium Funding? Click here for an application:
How Is Pupil Premium Funding Being Spent?
The funding is allocated to a range of initiatives & actions aimed at supporting more disadvantaged pupils, to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as all other children and to ensure that they reach their full potential.