What is it?
The Pupil Premium is additional funding given to schools in England to raise the attainment of pupils from low income families and close the gap between them and their peers. The funding is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years. This is known as 'Ever 6 FSM'.
Schools will also receive funding for children who have been 'Looked After' (in Local Authority care), were adopted from care on or after 30 December 2005, or left care under a special guardianship or residency order, and children of service personnel.
Why was Pupil Premium introduced?
Pupil Premium was introduced in April 2011. The Government believes that it is the best way to address the current underlying inequalities in the academic performance of children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and their wealthier peers by providing additional support to the pupils who need it most.
According to DFE guidance ‘What maintained schools must publish’ (Sept 2014), Schools must include the following information on their website: