The ‘pupil premium’ is additional funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Financial year 2020 to 2021
In the 2020 to 2021 financial year, schools will receive the following funding for each child registered as eligible for free school meals at any point in the last 6 years:
• £2,345 per pupil for each post-LAC in year groups reception to year 6.
• £310 for each pupil aged 4 and over in year groups reception to year 6 who is either Ever 6 service child FTE or in receipt of pensions under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and the War Pensions Scheme (WPS)
The pupil premium for 2020 to 2021 will include pupils recorded in the January 2020 school census who are known to have been eligible for FSM since May 2012, as well as those first known to be eligible at January 2020.
Children adopted from care or who have left care
The pupil premium for 2020 to 2021 will include pupils recorded in the January 2019 school census and alternative provision census, who were looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order). These are collectively referred to as post-LAC in these conditions of grant.
Can you influence how the pupil premium money is spent?
There is no obligation for your school to consult you about how they use the money they claim for your child. However, schools do have to show that they are using their pupil premium fund appropriately. This is measured through Ofsted inspections and annual performance tables showing the progress made by children who are eligible for pupil premium.
The intention of this targeted funding is to improve the educational chances of students who may find circumstances outside school challenging due to financial hardship or other issues.
For information on how the funding is spent, and the impact it has please see the links below