Pupil Premium was first introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with students who have been registered for Free School Meals (FSM) at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever FSM 6’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months and children of service personnel who have been in service at any point over the last four years.
The government believes that the Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is the best way to address current underlying inequalities between those students who are eligible for FSM and their peers by ensuring funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the students who need it.
In most cases, the Pupil Premium is paid direct to schools, allocated to them for every student who receives FSM. Each individual school decides how their Pupil Premium is best spent to raise achievement and improve outcomes for the target students identified. Schools are however held accountable for how the funding is used and are expected to report to parents and the Governing Body on Pupil Premium expenditure. Pupil Premium funding is received retrospectively, based upon information supplied to the school by the Department for Education.