What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. It represents additional funding that the government gives to schools and academies for each pupil considered to be ‘disadvantaged’. The money must be spent on these pupils to support their education, but it is for each school and academy to determine how it is spent.
Why does the Government provide a Pupil Premium?
The government believes that poverty or low income is the single most important factor in predicting a child’s future life chances, with many pupils in low income families having low attainment by age 16. The Government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address these underlying inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding to tackle disadvantage reaches the pupils who need it most.