What is Pupil Premium?

The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England will help to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.

Key facts

The Pupil Premium is allocated to children who have:

  • been registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years
  • has been looked after for 1 day or more
  • was adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under:
    • a special guardianship order
    • a child arrangements order
    • a residence order