Pupil Premium is additional funding received by schools for each pupil from disadvantaged families or background. It’s allocated to schools based on the number of children who come from low-income families – this is defined as those who are currently known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM). This is one of the current government’s key education policies. It’s based on findings that show that, as a group, children who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in time have consistently lower educational attainment than those who have never been eligible. It’s important to know that a pupil does not need to have a school dinner, but the parents / carers should check to see if they are entitled.
It also includes pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years; children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months; and children where a parent serves in the armed forces.
The level of the pupil premium for 2015-16 is £1,320 per child. This money is for schools to decide how to use but should be spent in order to improve educational attainment of children from less privileged backgrounds. The pupil premium has the potential to have a great impact on the attainment, and future life chances, of pupils.
The aim is for school leaders to spend this money wisely in order to ‘narrow the gap’ in attainment and progress for those children classed as Pupil Premium. This is to ensure that they are at least in line with the achievements of their ‘National Average’ peers, to provide enrichment activities or to provide support in overcoming any ‘barrier to learning’, be it social or emotional.