The Pupil Premium provides additional funding on top of the main funding a school receives.
It is targeted at students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure they benefit from the same opportunities as pupils from less deprived families.
The pupil premium provides funding for children:
· who have been in receipt of free school meals (FSM) at any point in the past 6 years (£1345 per child)
· who have been previously looked after, subject of a special guardianship order and/ or adopted from care (£2345 per child)
· pupil premium plus children currently being looked after or in care (£2345 per child per school year - held by the LA Virtual School Head accessed via PEP return )
· whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces (£310 per child)
Currently (2020-21), the premium is (provisionally) worth £72,630 and goes to students who are currently on Free School Meals (FSM) or have been registered for (FSM) in the past six years.
Students in care, who have been looked after by local authorities for more than six months, also continue to qualify for the Pupil Premium.
Why is there 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:
* Generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school
* Often do not perform as well as their peers
The Pupil Premium Grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and exam results they achieve.