What is it?
The Pupil Premium is an extra budget, in addition to main school funding. The DfE believes that this is the best way to address the current attainment gaps between pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) and other student. The funding is designed to help close the gaps by ensuring that funding reaches the pupils who need it most. The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as 'Ever 6 FSM').
Why has it been introduced?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium and the impact it is having.
Who receives the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium is allocated to pupils in school from Reception to Year 11 from low income families who are registered for FSM, or who have been registered for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6’), together with children that have been in care continuously for 6 months or more. Early Years Premium funding is allocated to pupils Nursery from low income families. Funding is also available for pupils for whom one or both parents work in the armed forces.