Schools are allocated Pupil Premium funding for children from low income families who were eligible for free school meals or had been looked after continuously for more than six months and children who had previously been looked after. From April 2012 the Pupil Premium was extended to include children who had been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. From April 2014 children who had previously been looked after were also included. A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
The funding for the pupil premium is in addition to the underlying schools budget. This additional funding will be passed straight to schools and because it is not ring-fenced at school level, schools will have the freedom to employ strategies that they know will support their pupils to increase their attainment. Head teachers have been informed that the funding will be monitored and evidence of impact upon pupil standard and schools will be held accountable.
We publish information about how we have used the Premium so that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the premium and the extra support they receive.