Background to the Pupil Premium
- 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 wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.
- The Pupil Premium is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for FSM in both mainstream and non- mainstream settings and children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months.
- The Government has decided that eligibility for the Pupil Premium will be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the last 6 years
- Pupil Premium is also paid for Looked After Children and children of those serving in the armed forces.
- The level of the premium for the academic year 2017-2018 is £1320 per eligible pupil and £1900 for Looked After Children
- From September 2012, the Government requires schools to publish online information about how they have used the Pupil Premium