The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers. 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 responsibility.
Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and is clearly identifiable. It is paid to schools according to the number of pupils who have:
- registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
- been in care for 1 day or longer
- are service children
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year primary schools receive £1,320 for each eligible free school meals child, £1900 for each child eligible ‘Looked after’ child and £300 for each eligble service child.