What is the Pupil Premium?

Pupil Premium represents additional funding that the government gives to schools for each pupil considered to be disadvantaged.

Poverty or low income is the single most important factor in predicting a child’s future life chances, with many pupils in low income families having low attainment by age 16. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address these underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

How do I apply for this extra funding?

If you are receiving any of the eligible benefits listed on the free school meals page, you can apply for free school meals and allow your school to receive the Pupil Premium funding. Additionally, as part of the school registration process and their yearly data checks, you will also have the option to sign up for pupil premium.


Education Welfare Benefits Team, OCT1222, The Octagon, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP

Email: ewb.fsm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01223 703 200