What is Pupil Premium Funding?
The pupil premium is a new form of funding in addition to main school funding to address the current 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.
The Pupil Premium is allocated to schools and it is for schools to decide how the funding will be spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. The funding is allocated to schools per FSM pupil.
- Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families.
- New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those deprived pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.
- Schools are required to publish online information about how they have used the Premium. This will ensure that parents and others are made fully aware of the attainment of pupils covered by the Premium.
- To close the achievement gap by ensuring that any pupil at risk of underachieving are identified early and support