Pupil Premium


Pupil Premium Key Facts

In 2011/12 the Government launched its Pupil Premium funding, which is additional to main school funding.  The money is given to schools based on the numbers of pupils in the school who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) as well as other factors.

In 2012/13 Pupil Premium funding was expanded to include children who have been eligible for FSM within the last 6 years (also known as Ever 6 FSM).

  • Children currently eligible to receive Pupil Premium funding in both mainstream and non-mainstream settings are:
  • Children who are currently eligible to receive Free School Meals (FSM).
  • Children who have been eligible to receive Free School Meals at any point in the last six years (Ever 6 FSM).
  • Children who are currently looked after by their local authority.
  • Children who have been previously looked after by their local authority for at least one day.
  • Children who have been adopted from within the UK under the Adoption and Children Act 2002.
  • Children who have been or are a child under a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order.
  • Children whose parents are currently serving in the armed forces.

The level of premium for April 2013 – March 2014 was £953.00 per primary pupil eligible (or previously eligible) for FSM. For the financial period April 2014 – March 2015, this has risen to:

  • £1,300.00 per pupil eligible for FSM (or eligible within the last six years) - this funding includes covering the cost to the school of providing a school lunch every day (£427.50 per annum).
  • £1,900.00 per pupil for Looked After Children
  • £300.00 per pupil for children of Service families  

The Government believes this is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities between children eligible for FSM and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.

It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility. However they will be held accountable for how they have used the additional funding to support the pupils. New measures will be included in the performance tables that will capture the achievement of those pupils covered by the Pupil Premium.


Pupil Premium 2015-16

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure 2015-2016 is available here

Impact of Pupil Premium Funding is available here


Pupil Premium 2016-17

Pupil Premium Grant Expenditure 2016-2017 and proposed impact of Pupil Premium Funding is available here