Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. This is defined as those children who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals. Parents and carers from low-income families should check to see if they are entited to free school meals here.
Pupil Premium is one of the current government's key education policies, based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. The aim is to increase the attainment of these children and schools are held accountable for how they use the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. Performance tables are used to measure the attainment and progress of pupils who attract funding and to assess the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent. The school is best placed to assess what additional provision can have the biggest impact on individual pupils within its responsibility.
Information on how Pupil Premium funding has been spent in the last financial year, the impact of this funding on pupils and the school's plans for future spending must appear on the school's website.
Parents and carers from low-income families should check to see if they are entitled to free school meals. Being eligible does not mean that a pupil needs to have a school dinner if this is not your choice. Eligibility is merely used, as described, to confirm eligibility for funding.
Pupil Premium is also allocated to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years, children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.