What is the Pupil Premium?
The Pupil Premium is a Government initiative that targets extra money at students from deprived backgrounds. Research demonstrates that students from deprived backgrounds underachieve compared to their non‐deprived peers. The premium is provided in order to support these students to enable them to reach their full potential.
The Government has used students entitled to Free School Meals along with other identified vulnerable group data as an indicator of deprivation; and have deployed a fixed amount of money to schools per student, over a rolling six year period.
The Pupil Premium is used to provide and implement a range of activities and strategies that ensures that Pupil Premium students receive direct support in order that they can thrive and succeed. The funding is discussed as part of the annual budget-setting process and the priorities are determined by the individual and group needs of students identified under the Pupil Premium.
Accountability – DFE Statement
The government believes that head teachers and school leaders should decide how to use the pupil premium. They are held accountable for the decisions they make through:
- the performance tables which show the performance of disadvantaged pupils compared with their peers
- the Ofsted inspection framework, under which inspectors focus on the attainment of pupil groups, and in particular those who attract the pupil premium
- the reports for parents that schools have to publish online
How schools present the information in their online statement is a matter for each school. There is certain information that must be in the report: the school’s pupil premium allocation in respect of the current academic year; details of how it is intended that the allocation will be spent; details of how the previous academic year’s allocation was spent, and the impact of this expenditure on the educational attainment of those pupils at the school, in respect of whom grant funding was allocated.