What is the pupil premium?
The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.
Schools get pupil premium funding based on the number of eligible pupils they have from the following groups:
- Free School Meals (now or in the last 6 years)
- Looked-after and/or previously looked-after children
- Services children (although the service premium is not part of pupil premium)
Schools can spend their pupil premium on pupils who do not meet the eligibility criteria but need extra support, especially for children who are/have been in contact with a social worker or act as a carer.
How should the pupil premium be spent?
School leaders are the best-placed to assess pupils' needs in the school and should direct/use the funding to improve attainment.
Evidence shows that pupil premium spending is most effective when using a tiered approach, targetting spending across the following 3 areas while focusing on teaching quality:
- Academic support
- Wider approaches, e.g. breakfast clubs, music lessons, educational trips and SALT.
The above targetted approaches aim to:
- increase pupils’ confidence and resilience;
- encourage pupils to be more aspirational;
- benefit non-eligible pupils.