Pupil Premium - Introduction for parents
The pupil premium was introduced by the government in April 2011. It was designed to give additional money to support schools in raising the attainment of: those children who receive free school meals; those children in local authority care or those who were from a family serving in the forces.
The justification behind this funding was that certain groups of children have traditionally been identified nationally, as achieving at a lower level than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds and the funding was introduced to enable these children to achieve their full potential.
Across the nation, the level of pupil premium funding allocated to schools for pupils who were eligible for free school meals has gradually increased from £488 per child in 2011-2012 to the current figure of £1320 per child.
In 2012-13 the government decided that eligibility for the pupil premium would be extended to pupils who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the preceding 6 years.
Children who currently have famly members in the services are eligible under the Pupil Premium for £300.
Looked after children (those who are under the care of the Local Authority) are eligible for £1900.
The funding is given to schools to spend as they think best, although there is a requirement to publish online how this money is spent (see navigation bar).