What is the pupil Premium?
The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children meeting certain criteria and their more advantaged peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. It is to be used to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is paid to schools based on the number of children registered for Free School Meals at the January census.
In most cases the Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium (allocated to schools per Free School Meal pupil) is spent since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
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