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.
In the financial year 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021, Pupil Premium funding will be:
- £1,345 for each eligible primary aged pupil
- £955 for each eligible secondary aged pupil
- £2,345 for Looked After Children (LAC) and Previously Looked After Children (PLAC)
- £310 for pupils eligible for Service Pupil Premium
Schools must monitor the impact of their selected approaches to improve provision for pupils entitled to Pupil Premium funding. The funding is not ring-fenced and schools are free to spend it as they wish to improve pupils’ attainment.
The Ofsted Inspection Framework ensures that inspectors look closely at the achievement of vulnerable pupils and in particular those who are entitled to Pupil Premium. They have published a series of reports about how the pupil premium can be spent on their website
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