The Pupil Premium is additional funding allocated to publicly funded schools in England on behalf of students who are considered, for one of a range of social, emotional or financial reasons, to be disadvantaged. The funding is designed to help schools ensure they raise the attainment of these students, and ensure that disadvantaged students are able to progress as well as students who are not.
The funding allocated by the Department for Education for the academic year 2017-18 is:
- Students in Years 7 - 11 recorded as having had Free School Meals at any point in the last 6 years: £935
- Children Looked After by Local Authority Care: £1900
- Children in 'post-Local Authority' care, including those who have been Adopted from Care: £1900
- Students in Year 7 - 11 recorded as having been the child who has a parent in the Armed Forces: £300
It is important to note that Pupil Premium funding is not intended to be an individual 'account' per student. Rather, schools take an overview of their whole Pupil Premium budget and the needs of all Pupil Premium students, then direct key strategies to help raise progress and attainment levels amongst Pupil Premium students. It is only by using the money as one budget that high cost support, e.g. staffing for one-to-one or small group tuition can be funded.
Details of the funding and the way that it was spent in the academic year 2016-17 are available in the documents below.