The Pupil Premium is a grant allocated to schools in addition to the main school budget. It is awarded on the basis of the number of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). The funding is seen by the Government as a way to address the current inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Looked After Children face additional barriers to reaching their potential and so these children too will receive a premium.
‘It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools for FSM pupil, is spent, since they are the best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility’ (source: Department for Education website)
As you see schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see best. However, we are still held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
New measures are included in performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
From September 2012 schools have been required to publish on-line information about how we have used the Pupil Premium. This is to ensure parents and other stakeholders are made fully aware of the attainment and progress of pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
If you are wondering whether your child could be eligible for the Pupil Premium grant, please take a look at our Can We Help You? page for useful information & links.