What is Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium Allocation
The DfE has specified a requirement for schools to publish information online about their Pupil Premium allocation, spend and impact on attainment.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding to help schools close the attainment gap between children from low-income and other disadvantaged families and their peers. The Pupil Premium is primarily aimed at Reception to Year 11 pupils who are from low-income families and are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). This category now includes any child that has been registered for FSM in the past 6 years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
‘Pupils entitled to Free School Meals [are] only half as likely to achieve five good GCSEs as their peers.’ – The Schools White Paper1
The funding also covers children in care aged 4–15 who have been looked after continuously for more than 6 months. A service premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are serving in the armed forces.
How much is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is allocated as: £1320 per child eligible (2020/2021).