What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium is additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
It is allocated to children who are looked after by the local authority, those who have been eligible for FSM at any point in the last six years (also known as Ever 6 FSM) and for children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.
From April 2014 children who are looked after will attract a higher rate of funding than children from low-income families – the ‘Pupil Premium Plus’, this is to reflect the unique challenges they face at school where they often struggle to keep up with their peers at secondary level.
OFSTED Guidance on Pupil Premium
School leaders, including governing bodies, should ensure that Pupil Premium funding is not simply absorbed into mainstream budgets, but instead is carefully targeted at the designated students. They should be able to identify clearly how the money is being spent.