Pupil Premium Funding
The pupil premium is additional funding that is given to schools to address the inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers.
The aim of the grant is to close the gap in both attainment and progress between those students eligible for pupil premium and their peers.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit however school leaders are required to provide evidence of the impact of their Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) spending. This must be closely linked to improvements in pupil outcomes
Eligibility for the Pupil Premium from April 2012 is for any pupil who has been entitled to Free School Meals (FSM) in the last six years. In addition, pupils who are “looked after” by the authority (LAC) or whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces are also entitled to the premium.
From April 2014, schools in England can receive the Pupil Premium for children adopted from care, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order on or after 30 December 2005. Schools can also claim the Pupil Premium for children who left care under a Residence Order on or after 14 October 1991.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their settings.