The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.
The Department for Education introduced a fund of £625 million in April 2011 to give schools £400 per year for:
- every child currently registered as eligible for free school meals
- children who have been looked after for 6 months or longer
From April 2012, pupil premium funding was also extended to:
- all children eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
In the 2015 to 2016 financial year, funding for the pupil premium increased to £2.5 billion. Schools are receiving:
- £1,320 per pupil of primary-school age
- £1,900 per pupil for looked-after children who:
- have been looked after for 1 day or more
- are adopted
- leave care under a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order
The pupil premium is paid to schools as they are best placed to assess what additional provision their pupils need.
Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
We also hold schools 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