Pupil Premium, which is additional to main school funding, is allocated to schools to support the learning of children from low-income families. These are children who are known to be eligible for free school meals (FSM) or have been eligible over the last 6 years.
Money is also allocated to schools with children who have been ‘looked after’ continuously for more than six months. Since April 2014 further pupil premium funding has been generated by children who have moved from care into adoption or special guardianship. Children from service families are also eligible for additional funding. It is for schools to decide how the Pupil Premium, allocated to schools per eligible pupil, is spent, since they are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils within their responsibility.
Schools are held accountable for how they have used Pupil Premium funding in support of the learning of pupils from low income families.