What is the Pupil Premium?
Pupil Premium funding was first introduced by the government in 2011. It represents additional funding that the government provides to schools to support the education for eligible students, and it is completely up to the school to determine how the money 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 the age of 16. The government believes that the Pupil Premium is the best way to address these inequalities between children eligible for free school meals (FSM) and their peers by ensuring that funding is used to support the disadvantaged pupils who need it the most.
Who is eligible for the Pupil Premium?
Free School Meals
The most common reason a pupil receives Pupil Premium funding is because they are eligible for, or have been eligible in the past 6 years, Free School Meals.
Children of armed service personnel are also eligible. Service children are children and young people from families where one or more parents is currently in the British armed forces. Pupils attract the premium if they meet the following criteria;
- One of their parents is serving in the regular armed forces
- One of their parents served in the regular armed forces in the last 3 years
- One of their parents died while serving in the armed forces and the pupil is in receipt of a pension under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and the War Pensions Scheme
Looked After Children
Schools will receive a larger premium for each pupil that is currently in the care of a local authority.
Adopted from Care
Schools will also receive a larger premium for each pupil who has left local authority care because of one of the following;
- Special Guardianship Order
- Child Arrangements Order
- Residence Order
What should parents/carers do if they think their child is eligible?
If you think your child is eligible for any of the Premiums mentioned above or if you have any further questions, could you please contact Michael Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org).