Additional funding provided to schools to support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers.
This is designed to address inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Schools use the funds for pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). We also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
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Funding is normally paid direct to the school. Head teachers and school leaders can decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- Performance tables (show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers)
- Ofsted inspections (inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium)
- The reports for parents that schools have to publish online
How schools present the information in their online statement is a matter for each school. There is certain information that must be in the report:
- The school’s pupil premium allocation in respect of the current academic year
- Details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent
- Details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent
- The impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school, in respect of whom grant funding was allocated.
For pupils from low-income families in non-mainstream settings the local authority decides how to allocate the pupil premium. The authority must consult non-mainstream settings about how the premium for these pupils should be used.
Local authorities are responsible for looked after children and make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
Details of the arrangements for funding the pupil premium, including allocations at school level, parliamentary constituency level and local authority level can be found HERE.