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 of service personnel 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. Schools decide how to use the funding, as they are best placed to assess student needs.
Schools are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- Performance tables
- The new OFSTED inspection framework