‘The Government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the
best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals
(FSM) and their wealthier peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who
need it most.’ (DFE 2012).
Schools are given additional funding for every student on their roll who is:
- a Looked After Child OR
- is currently able to claim Free School Meals OR
- has claimed Free School Meals in the last 6 years.
This additional funding has been allocated to every school due to national figures which show that this
group does not achieve as well as their peers. The funding is therefore to support schools to address this
How must this money be used?
Schools are free to spend the Pupil Premium as they see fit. There is no requirement for this money to be
spent on individual students simply because they fall into this category. It is expected, however, that
the funding will be used to support, as necessary, students in this group and other lower-income families
so that this group makes the same progress as their peers.
Please click here to find more information about our
spending review and plan.
We will next review the effectiveness of our spending of pupil premium in December 2021