What is the Pupil Premium? The National Picture
The Pupil Premium was introduced by the Government in April 2011. The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is children who are eligible for free school meals (FSM) 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 on-roll who are currently known to be eligible for Free School Meals, a smaller amount is allocated according to the number of children of service families and there is an allocation for each child who has been looked after in local authority care continuously for more than six months. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the different Forces. Children entitled to Forces premium will not have priority on the admissions oversubscription criteria – only those entitled to Free Schools Meals will count as Pupil Premium in our criteria.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. As of September 2012, this information must be published on the school website.
In June 2020 the government announced £1 billion of funding to support children and young people to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID19). This premium is especially important for the most vulnerable pupils and pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds who we know have been most affected.
Schools could use this funding for specific activities to support their pupils’ education recovery. While schools could use their funding in a way that suits their cohort and circumstances, they were expected to use this funding for specific activities which will help pupils catch up on missed learning. The choices a school made should be based on research to ensure the pupils get the best outcomes for the money.