Pupil Premium Grant Introduction
The Pupil Premium grant is additional funding given to schools so that they can support their disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap between them and their peers. The Pupil Premium grant has remained unchanged for the academic year 2017-18, with secondary schools attracting £935 per disadvantaged child (DfE website October 2017). Schools will also receive £1900 for each looked-after pupil, although this money will be spent in consultation with the child’s Local Authority Virtual Headteacher.
Aims of the Pupil Premium Grant
- To increase social mobility
- To enable students from disadvantaged backgrounds to get to top universities
- To reduce the national gap between the highest and lowest attainment
- The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’).
- Each of these pupils will attract £935 in 2017-18.
- Schools also receive funding for children who have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more, and children of service personnel.
- Schools will have the freedom to spend the Premium, which is additional to the underlying schools budget, in a way they think will best support the raising of attainment for the most disadvantaged pupils.
- Schools and local authorities are urged to encourage parents to register their child as eligible for FSM so that each school receives their maximum Pupil Premium entitlement. This may become more relevant if universal free school meals in Reception to Year 2 discourage parents from registering for FSM.
For further information, please download the documents below.