What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium was introduced by the Government in 2011 and is additional funding given to schools to help them raise the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
The Government believes that schools should decide how the Pupil Premium is allocated and spent, since it is felt that they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. Schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium.
Since announcing the Pupil Premium, the Government has extended its reach to cover any child that has been registered for FSM in the past six years. This is known as the ‘Ever 6’ model.
Funding for 2016 to 2017
In the 2016 to 2017 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,320 for pupils in reception year to year 6
- £935 for pupils in year 7 to year 11
Schools will also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has left local-authority care because of 1 of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £1,900 rate.