What is it?
The pupil premium is funding allocated to schools for the specific purpose of boosting the attainment of pupils from low income families. The funding is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as “Ever 6 FSM”).
Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of service personnel.
Why has it been introduced?
Pupil Premium funding has been introduced as a way of addressing the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers. It ensures that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most. Whilst schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit we are required to publish online information about how we have used the Premium.