The Pupil Premium is funding provided to schools which is additional to main school funding. It is allocated according to the number of pupils on-roll who are eligible for free school meals (FSM), a smaller amount allocated according to the number of children of service families, and an allocation for each pupil who has been ‘Looked After’ (in care) for 6 months or more. In 2012, funding was extended to include pupils who have been eligible for free school meals within the past 6 years – these are called ‘Ever-6’ pupils.
It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However, schools are to be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support pupils with parents in the regular armed forces. From September 2012, this information must be published on the school website. Below is a summary of how the pupil premium is planned to be used for 2015/16.
Funding for 2015-2016
In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, schools will receive £1,320 for each primary school child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years (Ever 6). Schools also receive £1,900 for each pupil who has been ‘looked after’ for 1 day or more, has been adopted from care or has left care under; a special guardianship order, a residence order or a child arrangement order. In addition to this, the school receives £300 for each child from a service family.