What is Pupil Premium?
The pupil premium gives schools extra funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils from reception to year 11.
Pupils eligible for the pupil premium include students who have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years and any children who are looked after (LAC).
In the 2013 to 2014 financial year, funding for the pupil premium increased to £1.875 billion. As a result, the amount given to schools for each pupil who attracts the funding increased to £900 per pupil.
In the 2014 to 2015 financial year, pupil premium funding will be £2.5 billion. The premium will rise to:
- £1,300 per pupil of primary-school age
- £935 per pupil of secondary-school age
- £1,900 per pupil for looked-after children who:
- have been looked after for 1 day or more
- are adopted
- leave care under a Special Guardianship Order or a Residence Order
School accountability for the pupil premium
Ofsted inspections report on how schools’ use of the funding affects the attainment of their disadvantaged pupils.
We also hold schools to account through performance tables, which include data on:
- the attainment of the pupils who attract the funding
- the progress made by these pupils
- the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their peers
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