Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children. This is based on research showing that children from low income families perform less well at school than their peers.
Often, children who are entitled to pupil premium face challenges such as poor language and communication skills, lack of confidence and issues with attendance and punctuality. The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
Pupil Premium is awarded to schools on the basis of:
Children in Year 1 to Year 11 who are currently entitled to free school mealsbased on their family income: £1,345 per pupil, per school year for primary pupils and £985 for secondary pupils
Children in Year 1 to Year 11 who were previously entitled to benefits-based free school meals, even if they’re no longer eligible: £1345 per primary pupil and £985 per secondary pupil, per school year, for six years after they stopped qualifying for free school meals
Children in care: £2,345 per pupil, per school year
Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangement order or a residence order: £2,345 per pupil, per school year
Children recorded as being from service families: £310 per pupil, per school year