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Pupil Premium

September 2014

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and help them to catch up with their classmates. Key facts are:

  • Pupil premium funding is available to both mainstream and non-mainstream schools, such as special schools and pupil referral units.
  • Schools receive pupil premium for each pupil registered as receiving free school meals, pupils whose parents are serving in the armed forces and those who are looked after by the state.
  • In the 2014 to 2015 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: £1,300 for primary-aged pupils, £935 for secondary-aged pupils
  • Schools will also receive £1,900 for each looked-after pupil.
  • Ofsted check on how schools' use of the funding affects how well their disadvantaged pupils are performing.
  • Schools can decide on the best way to use their pupil premium funding. They must use it for interventions to help underachieving pupils to catch up with their classmates.
  • Ofsted have produced guidance of how the most effective schools are spending their pupil premium. The Sutton Trust provides a toolkit and guidance for teachers and schools on how best to use the Pupil Premium to improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils
  • Many schools are using their pupil premium to buy programmes like Talk Boost, a language intervention programme that has been shown to help children with language delay catch up with their peers.
  • A new Early Years Pupil Premium will be available from 2015 to give early years providers delivering early education places more support to help children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.