The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils of all abilities and to close the gaps between them and their peers.
- The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011, Local authorities are responsible for looked after children in care and will make payments to schools and academies where an eligible looked after child is on roll.
- The Pupil Premium Grant is additional to the main school funding, and we use this to address underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals and their peers. It is allocated to children from low-income families who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals(FSM) and children who have been 'looked after' continuously for more than six months.
- A premium has also been introduced for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces. This service premium is designed to address the emotional and social well- being of these pupils.
- Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. We use it for a range of academic, pastoral and enrichment purposes with the general aim that all children deserve the best regardless of background. We are held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils from low-income families and each year we publish a statement which details how we spend this funding which you can view below.
What is the Recovery Premium: COVID 19 and how will we use it?
In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery.
The recovery premium provides additional funding for state- funded schools in the 2021/2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting disadvantaged pupils.