What is the Pupil Premium?
Publicly-funded schools in England get extra funding from the government to help them improve the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds:
Eligibility and funding
Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of pupils they have in January each year from the following groups.
The government has announced that pupil premium and service premium rates will increase in line with inflation for the financial year 2020 to 2021 in April 2020.
Free school meals
Schools get £1,320 for every primary age pupil, or £935 for every secondary age pupil, who claims free school meals, or who has claimed free school meals in the last 6 years.
From April 2020 the new rates will be:
Looked-after and previously looked-after children
Schools get £2,300 for every pupil who has left local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order.
Local authorities get the same amount for each child they are looking after; they must work with the school to decide how the money is used to support the child’s Personal Education Plan.
From April 2020, the new rate will be £2,345 per eligible pupil.
The service premium is not part of the pupil premium as the rules to attract the service premium are different.
Schools get £300 for every pupil with a parent who:
From April 2020 the new service premium rate will be £310 per head.
Academically able pupils
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.
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However, we are accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families. We are required to publish online information about how we have used the premium. This will ensure that parents and others are aware of the extra support that is available to pupils who receive the PP.
The Department of Education website is a good source of additional information:
Department of Education - Pupil Premium
What is the funding used for?
We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meet the needs of all pupils. Appropriate provision is made for pupils that belong to vulnerable groups, this includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed. Pupil Premium funding will be allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority classes, groups or individuals. This will be through whole school monitoring of data, assessments and discussions with the class teacher. We recognise that not all pupils that receive Pupil Premium funding will be socially disadvantaged.