The Government introduced the Pupil Premium Grant in April 2011. This grant, which is additional to main school funding, is allocated by central Government to raise the attainment and to support the progress of disadvantaged children. Schools can 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.
Schools are required to publish a strategy for the school’s use of the Pupil Premium. This includes:
- details about a school’s Pupil Premium Grant allocation
- a summary of the main barriers to educational achievement faced by eligible pupils at the school
- how a school plans to spend the Pupil Premium to address those barriers and reasons for that approach
- how a school plans to measure the impact of the Pupil Premium
- the date of the next review of the Pupil Premium strategy.
Ofsted inspections report on how a school’s use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils. Schools are held to account through performance tables, which include data on:
- the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
- the progress made by these pupils
- the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers.
In the 2021-22 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
- £1,345 for pupils in primary schools.
Schools will also receive £2,345 for each pupil identified as having left local-authority care because of one of the following:
- a special guardianship order
- a child arrangements order
- a residence order.
If a pupil has been registered as eligible for free school meals and has also left local-authority care for any of the reasons above, they will attract the £2,345 rate.
In 2021-2022, all schools are required to publish their Pupil Premium Strategy Statement using a template provided by the Department for Education.