The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools, so that they can support their disadvantaged children and close the attainment gap (if there is one) between this group of children and their peers. For each child in one of the following groups, schools receive the Pupil Premium funding:
- children who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years
- children looked after by the Local Authority continuously for more than six months
- children of service personnel.
Schools must report the amount of Pupil Premium funding, how it has been spent and the impact of that spending on the achievement of this group of children.
Use of Pupil Premium
The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals(FSM) and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months. This also includes pupils eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (known as Ever 6 FSM measure).
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However we will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families to narrow the gap in attainment between them and their peers. From September 2012, we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium and the extra support that they receive.