What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium was introduced by the Government in 2011 and is additional funding given to schools to help them raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
The Government believes that schools should decide how the Pupil Premium is allocated and spent, since it is felt that they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium.
The pupil premium is not based on ability. Research shows that the most academically able pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds are most at risk of under-performing. Schools should focus on these pupils just as much as pupils with low results.
Funding for 2021 to 2022
In the 2021 to 2022 financial year, schools will receive the following Pupil Premium Grant Funding for Disadvantaged Pupils.
- £1,345 - Pupils in year groups reception to year 6 recorded as Ever 6 free school meals (FSM) as well as eligible children with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) pupils in these year groups
- £955 - Pupils in years 7 to 11 recorded as Ever 6 FSM as well as eligible NRPF pupils in these year groups
- £2345 - Looked-after children (LAC) defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, an English local authority
- £2345 - Children who have ceased to be looked after by a local authority in England and Wales because of adoption, a special guardianship order, or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order)
- £310 - Pupils in year groups reception to year 11 recorded as Ever 6 service child or in receipt of a child pension from the Ministry of Defence