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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.  It is allocated to schools according to the number of pupils who have been:


  • registered as eligible to receive Free School Meals or in receipt of Free School Meals
  • in local authority care through adoption, a special guardianship order or child arrangements order
  • children with parents in the regular armed forces


All schools can decide how to allocate this additional funding to best ensure that each pupil aspires, flourishes and achieves in their learning.  


Although the main aim of the pupil premium is to raise attainment, schools can spend  pupil premium on:

  • non-academic outcomes, such as improving pupils’ mental health
  • non-academic improvements, such as better attendance
  • activities that will also benefit all of our pupils


Willowbank Primary School is committed to ensuring that every individual pupil is given the best possible chance of making excellent progress and so achieve their full potential.   



How to apply

Through the Citizen Portal which is the quickest and easiest way to apply and will result in you getting an instant decision.

Parents and carers can also ring the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.

What is Pupil Premium?


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. 


    Recovery Funding

    In February 2021, the government announced a one-off recovery premium as part of its package of funding to support education recovery after the Covid Pandemic lockdowns and school closures.

    The recovery premium provides additional funding for state-funded schools in the 2021 to 2022 academic year. Building on the pupil premium, this funding will help schools to deliver evidence-based approaches for supporting pupils whose progress and attainment may have been affected. This funding has continued into 2022-23. Details of this is included in  our 2022-23 Pupil Premium Strategy.